>U Mom Knows Best: 2021

Friday, October 15, 2021

10 Healthy Travel Products That I Always Pack

 I am so happy to be able to travel again. It has been a busy month with several trips.

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 I am so happy that I am back to traveling by plane again. The last time I flew on a plane was two years ago, when I went to Atlanta for a conference. The past 18 months have been quite interesting and I have avoided traveling in general due to my asthma. I was hesitant to go anywhere as wearing a face mask with asthma was hard for me. Then at the height of the pandemic, people were using hand sanitizer and cleaning products like crazy. Those things cause an asthma attack for me, so I have been staying at home. There was that one time I traveled by car during the pandemic, to visit my mom but that took a lot of preparation on my part so I could feel safe.

When an opportunity came up to travel to a huge natural product expo, I could not pass it up. I was glad that my husband wanted to tag along as I was super hesitant to get on an airplane. I wasn't sure that I could wear a face mask for that length of time. I was worried that people would be using tons of hand sanitizer on the plane and I would have an asthma attack. 

 Thankfully, no one near me used hand sanitizer. I did experience some asthma problems during takeoff due to the change in air pressure but my natural essential oils inhaler help me through my breathing problems. I survived my trip to Philly and now I am ready to travel solo again. This time it is to visit my mom and help her with computer problems.

10 Healthy Travel Products That I Always Pack

 When I travel, I have many health products that I always pack in my travel bag. These are my standard products that I take with me to keep my body healthy. They are my essential must-have travel products that I always pack.

1. Prebiotic Fiber Blend

 Traveling can mess with your digestion and affect your bathroom habits. That can lead to constipation and other stomach issues. So I always pack a prebiotic fiber supplement in my suitcase. I discovered this amazing fiber supplement many years ago and love it. When you use it daily, it helps you stay regular in the bathroom department. I just mix Regular Girl into any liquid and I don't experience any bathroom problems. This tasteless powder helps me to go #2 daily. 

Save 10% with my code MOMKNOBEST10 at ~ Regular Girl


2. Multivitamin

When I travel, I want my body to stay healthy. So I make sure to pack my multivitamin. There are so many different multivitamins out there and it can be confusing on which one is right for you. So I like that Vous Vitamin automatically matches the right multivitamin blend to my needs. I simply take their online survey and I don't have to guess about what my body needs. This simple vitamin blend also contains vitamins to help my immunity system, which is so needed for traveling.


This multivitamin is made for my body's needs and is so easy to take. I like that I get the vitamins and supplements that I need and not something that I don't need. Now that I am older my body does not need as much iron, so my vitamin formulation contained less iron. The label on the bottle shows exactly what is in my vitamins.

3. Vitamin C

 Traveling on a plane exposes your body to lots of germs. So I always pack some sort of vitamin C supplement. One that I am enjoying is an easy to take capsule that provides 1000 mg vitamin C and 20 mg of zinc. The zinc in this supplement is from zinc sulfate, a more bioavailable source of zinc than zinc oxide. I like that this supplement is a powerful antioxidant and helps support immune function.

 Viva Naturals Vitamin C capsules are non-GMO, gluten-free, vegetarian friendly, and free from artificial dyes, salt, soy, or dairy. Since they are in capsule form, I don't have to have a spare bottle of water with me to mix up those messy vitamin C powder supplements. I love the large-sized bottle as it has 250 servings!

4.  Homeopathic Nasal Remedy

 The nose is where most germs latch on and begin to replicate, making you sick. So I like to pack this unique Homeopathic Nasal Remedy. Cold Bee Gone is a homeopathic remedy that you swab in your nose to fight colds and flu. The nose is where most germs latch on and begin to replicate, making you sick. This super honey blend, which includes raw Manuka Honey, is antimicrobial, soothing, probiotic, prebiotic and helps you retain moisture. It’s also infused with known cold-fighting homeopathic ingredients to alleviate active symptoms. All of these things combined are what make Cold Bee Gone so effective at fighting cold, flu, and allergies.

This honey-based remedy did not irritate my nose and I did not even notice that it was inside my nose. There also was not any scent to the nasal remedy. The product also is available in an allergy formula and ones for kids.

5. Plant-Based Protein Bars

 I get hungry when traveling and since I have a severe dairy allergy, that limits my options of buying food at the airport. I simply can not chance that the food does not contain and milk products. So I need to always have safe food options on me. Nuzest plant-based protein bars are the perfect size to toss into my backpack and they are allergy-friendly. These delicious protein bars contain plenty of protein and fiber, so they take care of my hunger for hours.

 These bars are free of dairy, soy, gluten, and nuts. They are the perfect snack for those with food allergies. They come in many delicious flavors. Use my code MKB15 to save 15% at ~ Nuzest

6. Migraine Relief

 It seems like traveling always brings on a migraine headache for me. I am not sure if it is the pressure in the plane, the jet lag, or something else. So I always pack a Migrastil Migraine Travel Kit with me. I like that these products are made with safe natural vegan ingredients and are so easy to use. The Migraine Stick® & Nausea Inhaler have a pleasant scent made from essential oils that helps my head and body feel better. While the capsules contain herbs that support normal neurological functioning. I love using the cream, even when I don't have a headache as it helps me relax. 

These natural migraine relief products were developed by migraine sufferers, for migraine sufferers and the travel kit is perfect for traveling and to keep in your purse for day-to-day life. All the migraine products are vegan, ethically sourced, cruelty-free, all-natural, and made in the U.S.A.

7. Natural Inhaler

 I have many triggers that can bring on an asthma attack, from food to fragrances. So having a natural inhaler on me, at all times, is important. I simply never know when I might have trouble with my breathing. On my last trip, the pressure in the airplane caused me to struggle with my asthma. So by taking some deep breaths with Redd Remedies Lung Care™ Aromatherapy Travel Diffuser, I was able to breathe freely again. I am glad that this essential oil blend diffuser is small enough to keep in my pocket, so I can always carry it with me.

8. Lung Support

 Traveling with asthma can be tough at times, so I also pack a lung support supplement in my travel bag. ClearLungs helps me to manage my asthma naturally without having to rely on prescription medicine. This amazing herbal formula supports my breathing and helps my airways to stay open. This breathing supplement also helps maintain balanced mucus levels in my body. I take this herbal lung supplement daily and if I have an asthma attack, I will take it again as it helps my body cough up all that mucus that I have from my asthma attack.

9. Hair Tyes

 This next product is not really a health product but it helps me stay cool when traveling. That helps me not get stressed out. I always pack a couple of hair scrunchies in my suitcase and my carry-on bag. One never knows when they might need to put their hair back. When I feel hot, having my hair tied back seems to help. When the plane is on the ground, waiting to take off, the air always seems to be hot. So I grab my favorite adjustable athletic scrunchie and put my hair back. Having my hair out of my face always makes me feel better.

 I also love Hair Strong adjustable scrunchie for getting my daily exercise in. I always pack my running shoes when I travel so I can exercise. Exercise not only helps my body stay healthy but it also helps keep me in a great mood. These unique hair scrunchies can be customized every time I wear them. Some days my hair is thicker when there is more moisture in the air and I like that I have a hair tie that stays in place.

10. Beauty Treatment

 I am not going to let travel get in the way of maintaining my healthy skin. So I love that my facial laser device is small enough to pack in my suitcase. This facial device is my secret to young-looking skin. It is so easy to use and it really works to reduce those fine lines! Thanks to this amazing laser facial device, I look years younger than my actual age.

 I love that the Nira laser facial device charges by a USB cord so I can charge it on my computer. The Nira is also super quiet so I could even use it on the airplane. The best part is this antiaging device for a limited time is 40% off when you use my special link ~ Niraskin.com

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What's in your travel bag?

Those are my favorite travel products that I always pack when I am traveling. There are so many more things that I pack in my travel bag, when flying, to stay healthy. I discovered that disposable gloves are great for keeping the germs off your hands when using the bathroom. I simply put on a pair and then I toss them after I leave the restroom. I also make sure that I drink plenty of water to keep my body hydrated. I am not a huge fan of hand sanitizer but I will pack a bottle of natural hand sanitizer, so I can use it when I can not wash my hands. I also pack disposable hand wipes which are great for keeping my hands clean. 

Do you have any favorite items that you always pack?



Learning About My Ancestry With Nebula Genomics DNA

 What do you want to learn from DNA genetic testing?

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 Have you always wondered about your ancestry? Do you have questions about your race and where your relatives came from? The United States is a huge melting pot and composed of so many different races. So many races, that people wonder what country their ancestors came from. 

 I am sure that you have heard the stories from your parents or grandparents of how your distant relatives arrived in America and from what countries they came from. For me, when I was younger, I remember hearing about my great-grandma, on my mom's side of the family, who was from Germany, and how my great-grandpa was from England. Then on Saint Patrick Day, my mom would say that I had a pinch of Irish in me. So when people asked me about my race, I would say that I was half German, half English, and a pinch of Irish.

Do you really know your ancestry?

 Then with the technology of computers and the internet being available to most in the '90s, my mom started to do some research on our relatives and where they came from. I know that I am dating myself here as I remember the AOL CDS that came in the mail. I think it was in 1995, that I received one of the advertisements inviting me to explore the worldwide web. I did not even own a computer back then. It was in the year 1997 that we bought our first computer and discovered the internet. 

My mom enjoyed looking up death certificates of her relatives and of my dad's relatives. She also explored ancestry sites to learn more about our family history. It was then that she discovered that we had more Irish in our blood. 

I decided to learn more about my family history

 Two years ago, my dad passed away. So my mom has had more time to talk on the phone. I have been enjoying our long phone calls and listening to my mom talk about her life as a kid. Through these conversations, I have been learning about my grandfather, who died when I was 2, and about my mom's relatives. So that has sparked an interest in knowing about what countries my relatives originated from.

 So I decided to test my DNA. I have seen so many of my friends and family post online about their genetic testing and have always thought it was cool to learn about your family history. I never thought that I would be writing about getting my DNA tested. To be honest, I never thought that I would get my DNA test. I just never had a desire to know about my DNA or family history. 

 I decided to get my DNA tested so my mom could learn more about her family's ancestry. I know that family history and ancestry trees are something that excites my mom. My mom would never do a DNA test or genetic test, so I decided to help her with learning more about her family tree.

State-of-the-art Deep Genetic Ancestry

 So I did my research on DNA testing, to find out the best place to get my DNA tested. I wanted something simple and affordable. I also wanted a DNA test that gave me the most information about my DNA. I discovered Nebula Genomics as a place that could test my DNA with an easy-to-use at-home DNA testing kit.

The most accurate DNA test in the world to examine your ancestry, health, diet, and physical activity

 When I read that a DNA test from Nebula Genomics could examine not only my ancestry but also look at my Whole Genome Sequencing. This was a DNA test that I liked. I decided to get my DNA testing from Nebula Genomics.

What Is Whole Genome Sequencing?

Whole Genome Sequencing decodes 100% of your DNA and fully unlocks your genetic blueprints. Other DNA testing companies only decode less than 0.02% of DNA. It is your genetic blueprint that helps you discover things like where your ancestors lived so you can discover more about your ancestry. Knowing your full DNA can also help you discover genetic mutations and other things about your health. Maybe my knowing my DNA blueprint might help me continue to manage my asthma naturally.

 A genetic test that decodes 100% of your DNA is called Whole Genome Sequencing. It includes the sequencing of all genes (coding regions), regulatory genomic regions, the Y chromosome (for males), and mitochondrial DNA. You can learn more about Whole Genome Sequencing (and genetics and genomics in general) on the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.

The Results of My DNA Testing

 So I collected my DNA for the DNA test and sent it off to be tested a couple months ago. You can read more about my DNA experience HERE. I recently received the results of my DNA testing from Nebula Genomics and I was amazed at all the information about my DNA sample. It is truly amazing that a simple swipe of the tissue from the inside of my mouth can give me so much genetic information. 

 This genetic DNA test is like reading an encyclopedia of my genetic makeup. This DNA test gave me so much information. So much that I am still understanding all the genetic results from my DNA test. I did learn that I have ancestors from Germany, England, and Ireland. I also learned things like I have a high genetic predisposition to resilience to Alzheimer’s disease and a below-average genetic predisposition to Parkinson’s disease. Which is great news as I have seen the effects of these two diseases on my husband's parents. 

The Nebula Library allowed me to continue learning about my genetic blueprints. This library helped me to understand so many things about my health. Things like asthma and high cholesterol are things that run in my gene pool. I also learned that my plant-based diet and eating fish is good for me based on my genes

 I also got confirmation that I have the gene that makes cilantro taste like soap. My DNA testing also showed confirmed high cholesterol being in my genetics. The Nebula Library has 274 personalized DNA reports so I could learn about my genetic blueprints. I was glad that I decided to get my DNA testing from Nebula Genomics. I am just amazed at all the information that is available to me from getting a sample of my DNA. 

Knowledge is power. Learn about your DNA makeup with Nebula Genomics.



Thursday, October 14, 2021

Chocolate Jack-O-Lanterns With Lavash

 Simple and delicious, these two-ingredient spooktacular treats will be the hit of any Halloween gathering.


 I discover a healthy Halloween treat that is so simple to make, yet so delicious. These chocolate pumpkin treats are so fun to make and so easy. You can make them ahead of time for a Halloween party or whip them up for a special Halloween breakfast. Your kids will think these are the best afterschool snack on Halloween. They are healthy afterschool snacks that kids will eat. These Halloween treats can also be turned into a fun Halloween activity. All you need are two simple ingredients to make these adorable Jack-O-Lantern treats.

 I discovered this Halloween recipe from Atoria's Family Bakery and once I saw the photo of the chocolate Halloween treats, I knew that I had to make them. I knew that they would be a hit with my boys. I really loved how simple these fall snacks were to make. The dairy-free recipe called for 2 ingredients. I already had the dairy-free chocolate spread, so I just had to buy a package of flatbread. I ran to the store and purchased my favorite flatbread or traditional lavash from Atoria's. This flatbread is perfect for sandwiches and more.

Fun to make & fun to eat

 I am all for simple recipes and I have been busy with many home projects and traveling. I also love recipes that my boys can make, especially ones that don't make a mess in the kitchen. This healthy Jack-O-Lantern Lavash can be whipped up in minutes or with just a flick of your wand. The best part is little kids can join in the fun of making the chocolate flatbread treats. So grab a package of Atoria's lavash and a container of chocolate spread and have fun making a healthy snack with your kids.


2 ingredients are all you need

+ Atoria's Lavash traditional flatbread

+ Container of Chocolate spread ~ Feel free to use peanut butter, almond butter, or homemade sunflower seed butter 

 This delicious healthy recipe is a plant-based recipe that only needs two ingredients. The ingredients are flatbread and chocolate spread. I used a dairy-free chocolate spread.  If you like you can substitute peanut butter or any other nut butter. You can even use cream cheese if you don't have a dairy allergy. If you are looking for a delicious plant-based cream cheese recipe, you need to check out this Allergy-Friendly Dairy-Free Sunflower Seed Cream Cheese that is so easy to make. This is a creamy spread that looks and tastes like cream cheese but is safe for those who avoid dairy and nuts. This recipe is dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, and perhaps even keto-friendly.

 I discovered an amazing vegan chocolate spread at the online nourished festival. This is an event that showcases allergy-friendly food. 

Chocolate Jack-O-Lanterns With Lavash is:

+ Healthy

+Plant-based

+ Dairy-free

+ Vegan

+ Fun to make

+Fun to eat

+ Perfect for Halloween parties

+ Perfect for snacks

+ A delicious dessert

+ Add fruit for a healthy breakfast treat

These spooky treats are perfect for your Halloween get-together or for a ghostly afterschool snack. These scary chocolate pumpkins can even be served for a healthy breakfast. To make the lavash chocolate pumpkins even healthier add some sliced strawberries or frozen blueberries. You can even make the eyes and mouth of the pumpkin with sliced fruits. Some slice fruit suggestions would be bananas, strawberries, blueberries, or even dried fruit like raisins or dried cranberries.

The below recipe calls for a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter but if you don't have that type of cookie-cutter, just use a drinking glass. Since I don't have a pumpkin cookie-cutter in my Christmas sugar cookie recipe supplies, I simply used a drinking glass. I placed the glass on the Lavash flatbread and then used a sharp knife to trace out a pumpkin, making sure to cut out a stem for the pumpkin shape.


 I thought that the strawberries tasted so good with the chocolate spread. So I had to make a bigger chocolate flatbread treat with the flatbread. I simply took my container of chocolate spread and slathered it on the flatbread. Then I thawed out some frozen strawberries and cut them into slices. It was simple to place the strawberry slices on top of the chocolate spread and roll it up. I chose to cut my chocolate flatbread roll into several pieces but you can serve it as a chocolate fruit burrito. 

Chocolate Jack-O-Lanterns With Lavash

Ingredients

 1 sheet Traditional Lavash

2 tablespoons chocolate hazelnut spread (or other plant-based spread)

 Directions

 Press a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter all over the Lavash. Use the scraps to cut triangles for the eyes and nose. Make half circles and cut out a square for the toothless smiles. Spread each pumpkin with nut butter and arrange the eyes, nose, and mouths.

 Optional: Bake on a lined baking tray at 350F. for 6-8 minutes to get them crispy.

Want more healthy Halloween recipes?

Check out these delicious recipes for Dairy Free Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies and easy roasted pumpkin seeds.

https://www.momknowsbest.net/2019/07/dairy-free-soft-pumpkin-chocolate-chip.html

https://www.momknowsbest.net/2018/10/easy-stovetop-pumpkin-seeds.html

These chocolate jack-o-lanterns were so fun to make and so delicious. I loved how easy they were to create. 



 



Tuesday, October 12, 2021

My Healthy Finds At Expo East

 I had a great time checking out natural products at Expo East


A couple of weeks ago, I had an opportunity to go to Naturals Products Expo East this year. Expo East is the fall natural products show from New Hope Network. This is a huge event for the natural & organic community to showcase the latest products that are available in stores. The event is all about seeing and trying the latest natural food, beverages, personal care, and supplements.

 I was super excited to try new healthy products, connect with new brands, and meet up with brands that I have worked with. Since I write about healthy living, I knew that this was an event that I needed to attend. While I have attended many events for bloggers and influencers, this was the first time that I was attending an event that was for anyone who is involved in the natural product market. 

My healthy finds at the Expo East

 Since this was my first time attending this event, I was not sure what to expect. Expo East was held in Philidelphia Convention Center and had over 700 brands in attendance. It was a three-day event and I was excited to discover new healthy products. It was an event that I knew would have plenty of food that would be safe for me to eat. I knew that I would be comfortable asking the brands if their food or supplements contained dairy, soy, or mushrooms. Since it was all about healthy food, the brands there would make it easy for one to know the ingredients in their products. I knew that this event would have plenty of allergy-friendly food for me to enjoy.


 On the first day of the Expo East event, I started off checking out all the new food and drink products. There was plenty of products to sample, especially drinks. The trend for the drinks were functional beverages and so many of them were designed for immunity, relaxation, and sleep. Drinks with CBD and hydration were also popular at the event. It seemed like almost every other booth had some type of drink to sample. My favorite drink that I sampled was a non-alcoholic wine from a company that was based out of Colorado. Gruvi had a nice selection of craft-brewed drinks. My favorite was their Bubbly Rose and my husband enjoyed their Pale Ale. 


 I really enjoyed the selection of vegan and plant-based food that was available to taste. There was plenty of meatless burgers that were not made from soy, so I was able to try plenty of those. Natural food items that were popular were nutrition bars and vegan snacks. So I had plenty of food samples to bring home with me that would make great snacks and meal replacements. My favorite vegan brand Nuzest was not at the event, which was a bummer as I was enjoying their new plant-based protein bars. Make sure to use my code MKB15 to save 15% on these delicious allergy-friendly bars.


Other items that I enjoyed tasting were vegan ice cream and there were so many new brands that I discovered. My favorite vegan ice cream that I sample was made by Planet Oat. Then there were plant-based coffee drinks. My favorite was one that combined coffee and protein. I enjoyed the Super Coffee for my breakfast on the second day of the event.


Supplements that I discovered


I always like discovering new supplements and ones that I am glad that I discovered were a natural aromatherapy inhaler from Halls, Pickle Juice shots, and one from RidgeCrest that would help me to continue to manage my asthma naturally without prescription medicines. I already use the Clearlungs from Ridgecrest for mucus balance and the AirwayClear will help my lungs when they are inflamed.

Other supplements that got my attention was a nut-based protein powder that was made from nuts like walnuts and almonds. Octonuts protein was a simple protein powder that was dairy-free and soy-free. The protein came in bold containers and flavors like vanilla, chocolate, and plain. Then there was the chocolate dietary supplements from FX Chocolate. These functional chocolates were a delicious way to get essential vitamins and supplements to help one with stress, sleep, and other body health. Eating chocolate is always better than swallowing pills.


Personal care & beauty items  


When I browsed the section of the expo with products for personal care, the foaming soaps from Beesential made me stop to take a look. Their product labels with bees were so cute. I just had to smell the scents of the foaming hand soap. The grapefruit and lemongrass smell so good and I loved that they were made with natural scents. I also loved that they sold 64 oz soap refills.


 I had an appointment to meet with Olita to learn about their suncare products. I was glad that I stopped by their booth as I not only got to learn about their mineral sunscreen and Aftersun products, but I learned that it was time to replace my sunscreen supply at home. Sunscreen has a shelf life of two years and then it does not protect you from the harsh sun rays. The last time I went swimming with my boys was two years ago as the pools were closed during the pandemic. So I am glad that they offered me samples to try. I selected the OlitaBaby mineral sunscreen for my grandbabies as they play outside on a daily basis. I loved the citrus smell of the Olita AfterSun hydrating body serum and knew that it would be great for my skin after running outside. Living in the desert means that my skin needs hydration all the time.

 When a brand wants to give me products to keep my skin looking young, I am happy to try them. Reviva Labs had a nice variety of skincare products for the face that addressed needs like anti-aging, hydration, brightening, firming, and more. I liked that the products were color-coded. I was overwhelmed by the selection of the products and decided to try ones with Hyaluronic Acid and peptides. I like that these have clean ingredients that are natural, are affordable, and work. This company has been around for 45 years!

CBD was everywhere

 It also seemed like CBD was in abundance at the Expo East event. Brands were showcasing CBD gummies, CBD drinks, and even CBD powders. One brand that caught my attention was a men's personal care line that had CBD in them. I have been wanting to switch my husband's fragrant body wash to one that is scented with natural ingredients, as his current body wash affects my asthma. So that morning before I left the hotel, I told my husband that I would get a sample of body wash for him that does not make me cough. 


 So when I discovered the Blesswell Body wash for men, I had to check it out. This body wash had a nice scent to it that was manly but lightly scented with natural ingredients. I loved that the body wash had CBD in it to condition the skin and was sulfate-free. My husband liked the scent and that this body wash had a nice lather to it.

So many booths so little time

There were so many brands that I discovered at Expo East. I connected with many new brands and will be introducing these natural products to you in the future. It was also great to connect with brands that I have worked with in the past like AstaReal® Natural Astaxanthin. AstaReal was a brand that I met in 2016 and it was awesome that they remembered me. I enjoyed talking with the reps at the booth and learning about their new gummies.


 I left the Expo East event with many samples and many new brand connections. It will take me a while to sample the many natural food items, personal care products, and supplements. Since I spent most of my time talking with new brands of natural products, I did not have much time to take photos. So I made some photo collages of the many products that I enjoyed discovering at the Natural Expo East conference. If you have any questions about the brands featured in the photos, feel free to ask me about them in the comment section. 







Monday, October 11, 2021

iLive Truly Wire-Free Earbuds Are Affordable & Sweatproof

 Looking for a way to listen to music while exercising without having to deal with messy cords?

I received a pair of earbuds to facilitate this post

 When I work out, I have to have music. I don't what type of exercise I am doing for the day, I need my favorite tunes. Exercise without music is quite boring. I don't know about you but it is music that makes my workout exciting. It is my favorite song that helps me run faster. It is that song that makes me dance that helps me work out longer on my elliptical. Listening to music is what puts me in a good mood and helps me to have an amazing workout.

 My favorite outdoor fitness activity is running and lately, my wired headphones have been annoying me. The cords get tangled up and that has been affecting my pace as I have to slow down to pull the headphone wires up out of my shirt. The worse part of my headphones that are wired is the static that makes my favorite song sound like crap. So I knew that it was time to ditch my iPod shuffle and transfer my music to my phone so I could use wire-free earbuds. 

 I needed a pair of earbuds that did not cost an arm and a leg. I also needed a pair of earbuds that could get wet as I did not want my sweat to damage my earbuds. I was ready for a way to listen to my music without static or headphone wires that get in the way of my fun.

Wire-Free Earbuds That Are Affordable & Sweatproof 

 My teen boys already knew the advantages of using earbuds instead of wired headphones and they have been trying to convince me for quite some time to make the switch to earbud headphones. The problem was I liked my clip-on mp3 music device and it was not compatible with headphones like earbuds. That meant that I would have to transfer all my music to my phone. I decided to enlist the help of my teens to transfer my music from my iPod to my smartphone. Then I could have a better music experience with my workouts. 


 I decided to try iLive Truly Wire-Free Earbuds for my new fitness tech music device. I liked that these were affordable wire-free earbuds for fitness. I also loved that the wire-free earbuds from iLive Truly were sweatproof. I sure do sweat when I workout inside in my home gym and that way my earbuds would be safe. The sweatproof wireless earbuds would be perfect for when I run through the sprinklers in the summer and for running in the snow in the winter.

Tips To Make Winter Fitness Easier

Wireless Earbuds That Fit My Ears


I have tried earbuds in the past and the never seemed to fit my small ears. The earbuds that I have tried in the past would feel loose in my ears and I was worried that they would fall out when I was running. So I was happy to see that the iLive earbuds came with different eartip pieces in small, medium and large. That would give the earbuds a secure fit in my ears. The earbuds were easy to place in my ears and they felt secure. When I ran with my iLive earbuds, they stayed in. These earbuds also were comfortable and I did not feel the need to adjust them while running.

The 'buds are paired together right out of the box 

While I can figure out tech things, I don't like wasting my time. So I was glad that these earbuds were already paired together when I took them out of the box. I also liked the earbuds came with a convenient charging case so I could always have a full battery on my earbuds. The small case would make these earbuds great for traveling.

 I like using the hotel gym when I travel, so I have to have music when I exercise. The earbuds would allow me to listen to my music without disturbing the other people in the gym. So I can blast my music while I get my cardio in while traveling. Daily exercise helps me manage my asthma so I tried to get some form of exercise in when traveling. Exercise is just one of my 7 effective ways to clear mucus from my lungs.

If you have asthma, you need to check out these Ten Tips For Exercising With Asthma! 

Perfect for a fitness junkie's gym bag 

 Health and fitness tech products are popular right now, from devices that count your steps to ones that monitor your heart rate, the most popular fitness tech item in any fitness junkie’s gym bag is usually a set of earbuds. You got to have a good pair of headphones to listen to your tunes and drown out the noise in the gym. So I don't experience the frustration of tangled headphones and a ruined workout. These earbuds will help me get my cardio in with music that gets me moving.

Gym vs Exercising Outdoors ~ Which Is Better

Perfect for exercise and more

While these earbuds are my must-have-fitness tech device for running and going to the gym, they are perfect for so many other things. You can wear the earbuds while practicing yoga, participating in a Zoom meet, or for listening to music while commuting to work on public transportation. My boys love using their earbuds at home for playing video games on their phones. The affordable price is what caught my attention and they have great sound quality. I love how easy it is to turn them on and off. 

Check out all the great features of the the iLive Truly Wire-free Earbuds:

+ Sweatproof design - safe to wear during heavy exercising

+ Supports Bluetooth v5.1

+ TWS - True Wireless Stereo

+ On-ear controls: volume up, volume down,pairing/play/pause/phone answering/power

+ Built-in microphone

+ Voice prompts

+ Charge time: 120 minutes

+ Charging case capacity supports 1 full charge of the earbuds

+ Battery life: ~2.5 hours at 50% volume

+ Battery life: ~1.5 hours at 100% volume

+ USB-C port for battery recharge

 Enhancing your next workout without breaking the bank with iLive Truly Wire-Free Earbuds



PurpleTrail is The Best Custom Planner For Bloggers and More

 A planner is a must-have tool for bloggers, parents, students, and more.

I received a planner to facilitate this post

 Most successful bloggers know the value of having a planner and having one that you can customize is even better. Whether you are just starting out in online blogging or have been blogging for quite some time, a planner is a must-have tool that you need to have. A planner is one of the best ways to keep track of everything that you need to remember. Some people like to use their computer as their daily planner but for me, I think a paper planner is the best tool for a place to keep track of all your work-related items and more.

If you are serious about making blogging as a way to earn money, then you need to invest in the best custom planner for bloggers. For me, blogging is my full-time job and a planner helps me be organized. My planner is so much more than just a calendar. My planner is a place that I keep track of my writing assignments, expenses, and so much more. I like having a planner to also keep track of items outside my blogging life, like doctor appointments and all those other appointments that my kids have. A planner is my way of keeping my life and work organized.

Getting organized for the day, month, and year

 There is something special about having a planner that you can write in and look at even when you are not online. Some people who work from home, swear by their electronic planner for being the best way to keep track of their daily work, expenses, and payments but for me, the custom planner that I create every year works best for my type of work. I once tried to keep track of appointments and assignments through an online planner but I found it to be too time-consuming. Having to open several windows to keep track of my work was quite annoying, to say the least.

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 I like using a planner that I can create and customize and PurpleTrail Planners is my favorite place to make a planner that is uniquely made for my needs. PurpleTrail Planners helps me stay organized for the day, month, and year. This is a place that allows me to make a planner that is fully personalized inside and out. I get to decide how I want my planner to look and how I want my planner to work for me. From the front cover, the inside pages, and always the way to the back of the planner, it is a yearly planner that is made for my needs.

My blogging planner is my secret to being successful 

Pages to keep track of my passwords

A wide variety of planners for many needs

PurpleTrail Planners has a wide variety of planners for almost every need. If you have a need for a planner, this is the place to find a planner that is made for your needs. PurpleTrail has many categories of planners that you can customize to fit your planning goals. 

Check out the different categories of planners:

+ Weekly Planners ~ Daily, & weekly, Fitness, Mom

+ Academic Planners ~ Teacher, Student, Homeschool

+ Business Planners ~ Content, Hairstylist, Real estate

+ Specialty Planners ~ Mom-to-be, Wedding, Tiny, Planner notepads, Custom planner pages

+ Printable Planners 

+ Binders

+ Custom Books

+ Planner Accessories 


Your Planner ~ Your Style

Once you decide what type of planner that best suits your planning needs, there are hundreds of planner covers to select from. I had a hard time selecting the photo that I wanted for my planner cover. The fun is not over yet. Once I selected a cover photo for my new planner, I then had the option to customize the look even more with color selections, adding words, and more. I selected the Ice Cream Melt Daily Planner cover as I do love ice cream. My unique planner shopping experience had so many options for me to select from and I was having fun making a planner that had all the pages that I needed. PurpleTrail Planners was my pick and choose what I wanted in a planner. 

 To be successful as a blogger, I need the right tools. From my custom photo studio to a workspace to write my articles, my custom planner is a yearly expense that always put into my work expenses. Sure I could just buy a standard planner, but I find that a standard planner does not have the planner pages that I need to be fully organized. When I have the right tools to be organized, I am able to work better and use my time wisely. I find that I get more things done when I am prepared for my job. My custom blog planner helps me to plan, create and make money.


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Select what you want in your custom planner


+ Cover & Size ~ So many cover photos to choose from & 2 cover sizes to select from 

+ Inside Page Options ~ 9 different standard inside page options or you can customize your pages

+ Add On Options ~ Exciting add on options like stickers, password pages, to-do lists, and more

+ Make It a Bundle ~ More fun items for your perfect planner, like colored pens, bookmakers, etc

What I love about my PurpleTrail Planner


Checklist pages for keeping track of the money that I make from blogging

 I had fun making my blogger planner from PurpleTrail. From selecting the Ice Cream Melt cover to adding my website name, this planner was something that made me happy to look at. I like that my planner was an 18-month planner, so I could plan for the future. This planner had a laminate cover so I did not have to worry about my cover getting dirty. The planner was spiral-bound, so that made it easy to turn the pages. I also loved the tabs that made it easy to find the month that I needed. 

The inside of my planner had a full calendar for every month with big spaces to write notes on. Then each month had my weekly planning spaces that were organized by morning, afternoon, and evening with plenty of space to write down my to-do list. I really loved the optional pages that I selected for my planner. I selected plenty of pages that were made for keeping track of all my passwords and websites. The checklist pages were perfect for keeping track of the money that I make from blogging. So I could write down the amount I was being paid and check off when I received the payment. I could also use the checklist pages for the blogging expenses that I made each month. These checklist pages would make keeping track of my income and expenses so easy.

PurpleTrail is more than planners

While I love PurpleTrail for my planner needs, this website is so much more. PurpleTrail is the place to shop for cards, address labels, invitations, guest books, stationery, and even business promo items. All of these items can be uniquely made to fit your style. The variety of this website and the customization are amazing. The best part of ordering from PurpleTrail is how quickly my order arrived. From the time I created my planner to the time I received my planner was less than a week. I loved that I did not have to leave my house to purchase my planner for next year. The year 2022 will be here in less than three months and I have already added events to my 2022 planner. So don't delay the purchase of your planner for next year and head to PurpleTrail to start creating a planner that is made for your style and needs.


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