>U Mom Knows Best: October 2022

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Spice Soup with Protein

 Enjoy the flavors of fall in this thick and creamy pumpkin soup. This creamy soup is filled with flavor and packed with protein. Perfect for a fall meal.

 When the weather outside changes to cold, I start craving soup. There is something special about soup that makes a cold day more bearable. While a bowl of soup is thought of as a before-the-meal item, soup can be the main part of the meal when you add nutritious ingredients like protein powder. This pumpkin spice soup is packed with protein and made with plant-based ingredients so it is perfect for a vegan meal.

 The best part of this delicious thick & creamy soup is how easy it is to make. So grab a soup pot and start making the best-ever pumpkin soup. This pumpkin soup recipe serves 2 but the ingredients can easily be doubled to serve a family. You will also love that this flavorful soup is made with gluten-free ingredients.

Protein Packed Pumpkin Spice Vegan Soup is

+ Plant-Based

- Easy to Make

+ Vegan

+ Loaded with Protein

+ Gluten-Free

+ Creamy

+ Full of Flavor

+ Load with Nutrients

+ Perfect for a Meal

 The best thing about homemade soup is that you can control the ingredients and make a meal that’s packed with nutrient-dense, beneficial ingredients. Here are the healthy ingredients in this pumpkin soup recipe.

- Natural Protein Powder: A scoop of unflavored protein powder adds an additional 21 grams of plant-based protein to this healthy soup. My favorite vegan protein powder is made by Nuzest and is the best allergy-friendly protein that is made with clean ingredients.

- Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is an excellent source of beneficial medium-chain fatty acids, and it helps to support a healthy response to inflammation. This is my preferred brand of organic coconut oil.

- Cashew Butter: Cashew butter adds a decadent creaminess to this soup, while also supplying plant-based protein, fiber, and antioxidants.

- Pumpkin: Pumpkin is low in calories, and contains fiber, vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium.

- Turmeric: Turmeric is an impressive spice that’s rich in antioxidants and helps to support a healthy inflammatory response. I love this mild earthy-sweet turmeric.

 Save 25% on Nuzest with code MOMKNOWSBEST15

~ Deal valid October 25th - October 31st. Then the coupon code will take 15% off

The best protein powder to add to all your favorite recipes

 One of the healthy ingredients in this fall soup is protein powder. Adding protein powder to your favorite recipes is a great way to add protein to your meals. Now before you start reaching for your smoothie-making protein powder, you need to know that most protein powders don't do well in recipes as they add a strange flavor or don't mix in well. Most protein powders can also change the texture of a recipe.

 If you are looking for the best protein powder for recipes, you need to try Nuzest Just Natural Clean and Lean Protein. This plant-based protein powder is simply made with premium European golden peas and nothing else. So it is a perfect complete protein for all your cooking and baking recipes. This natural protein powder blends well into recipes and does not change the taste of your recipe. Nuzest protein can also be used in place of flour in all your gluten-free recipes. Nuzest is also allergy-friendly and contains no soy, dairy, or nuts.  I love using Nuzest protein in my gluten-free brownies

  Save 25% on Nuzest with code MOMKNOWSBEST15

~ Deal valid October 25th - October 31st. Then the coupon code will take 15% off

Here are some other healthy recipes that use Nuzest protein

Dairy-Free Vegan Chocolate Protein Pancakes 


Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Pretzel Protein Bites

Gluten-Free Chocolate Mocha Protein Brownies

4-Ingredient Mocha Coconut Breakfast Cookies 

Don't skimp on the spices!

 This yummy soup gets its flavor from spices. So make sure to add all the spices to the pumpkin spice soup. The spices that I used in this fall soup recipe are garlic, turmeric, paprika, and black pepper. No need to add salt to this soup as there is plenty of salt in the vegetable broth. 

Did you know that there are several varieties of paprika? The two main paprikas are Spanish paprika and Hungarian paprika. All paprikas are a mixture of types of capsicum peppers, and the mixture chosen will determine the heat or sweetness level of the final product. The flavor profile of Hungarian paprika and Spanish paprika is very different. Substituting one for the other will change the taste of the dish. Hungarian is generally more intense and sweeter. To learn more about the different types of paprika, check out the Selefina Spice website.

 I like using Hungarian paprika in my pumpkin spice soup but any type of paprika will add awesome flavor to this flavorful soup. Spices are a great way to add flavor to meals without using oils and butter. Check out how spices made plain white rice into delicious Afghani Rice.

Spices needed for pumpkin spice soup

+ Garlic

+ Turmeric

+ Paprika

+ Black Pepper

Warm bread with butter is a must for soup

The perfect item to serve with a bowl of warm soup is homemade bread. A thick slice of crusty bread slathered with butter (make mine vegan), just adds that perfect touch to this homemade pumpkin spice soup. Fall is the perfect time to bake a loaf of freshly baked bread. Need some inspiration for bread baking? Check out these 11 homemade bread recipes

 If you have gluten issues, check out this amazing recipe for homemade gluten-free bread ~ 1-Ingredient Gluten Free Buckwheat Bread

 If you don't have the time to make homemade bread, then let someone else do the bread baking for you. Wildgrain is the best place to get loaves of homemade sourdough bread. This bread box subscription is the best way to experience homemade bread without all the work and you don't have to leave the house. When you place an order with Wildgrain, a huge box gets delivered to your home. Inside that box, you will find the best homemade sourdough bread, fresh pasta, and the most delicious baked desserts. All you have to do is unwrap the items and bake them in your oven. You will love that the loaves of bread can be placed in your freezer until you are ready to bake them.

Order your first box of Wildgrain sourdough bread now! ~  Take $10 OFF Your First Wildgrain Box with code MOMKNOWSBEST10

 Save 25% on Nuzest with code MOMKNOWSBEST15

~ Deal valid October 25th - October 31st. Then the coupon code will take 15% off

Gather all your ingredients and make this soup today. Make sure to pin this recipe on Pinterest

Friday, October 28, 2022

What to Buy When Expecting a Baby


Expecting a child is a momentous and magical time for any parent and one which they will remember fondly forever. It is natural, however, for many new moms to have concerns about a range of matters such as the upcoming birth, the health of their child, as well as their ability to be a good parent.

 To make the journey into motherhood as stress-free as possible, it is best to be prepared by stocking up on a few essentials before your baby arrives. Whether you are creating a baby gift list for an upcoming baby shower or are simply looking forward to your first shopping trip, in this article, we will look at some of the most important equipment to buy to help both mother and baby navigate this new chapter together.

Baby Carrier

 For many new mothers, feeling of isolation and worrying about leaving their baby unattended can become burdensome. Much of this stress can be alleviated with a practical item such as a baby carrier.

  A baby carrier can enable you to care for your newborn while still going about your daily life. This hands-free item will allow you to transport your baby comfortably and conveniently while you tend to other matters such as household chores, meeting or calling friends and family, buying groceries, going for walks in the park, or traveling. Many mothers find brands like Wildbird's baby slings appealing for their comfortable fabrics and practical design, which can make carrying your baby easier and more enjoyable throughout the day.

 Studies have also found that there are many baby-wearing benefits which include a reduction in crying and fussing by up to 51% as well as a strengthening of the bond between parent and child. Baby carriers such as the ones at Diono come in a number of different styles, each one allowing you to carry your child with comfort and ease. These include the following:

+  Soft Structured Carriers: These softly structured and padded carriers can be worn either on the front or at the back and come with a body panel and adjustable shoulder straps, ensuring the comfort of both parent and child.

+  Meh Dai carriers: This style of baby carrier originates from South-East Asia and allows you to transport your child in a number of different ways and positions including on your front, back, and even on your hip. The design consists of a waistband and shoulder straps that are secured with a knot.

+ Wraps: This long piece of fabric is designed to replicate the feeling of being in the mother’s womb. It is wrapped around the baby and the wearer to create a snug and supportive way to be close to and carry your baby.

+ Slings: These baby carriers are similar to wraps, except they are secured with a ring rather than by tying a knot, creating a cozy and secure pouch for the baby to be held in.

Baby Monitor

 This piece of equipment can help to minimize your stress levels as a parent. Knowing that your baby is soundly asleep when you are out of the room can give you great peace of mind, eliminating all worry and wonder of whether they are crying or in need. As a new parent, this also gives you the luxury of being able to tend to other matters such as taking a shower, doing some household chores as well as catching up on sleep.

 When buying a baby monitor take advantage of certain features which can offer benefits for both of you. Two-way communication will allow you to hear your baby and tend to them if they are in distress as well as to gently soothe them back to sleep without the need to go to them. Infrared night vision can let you easily check in on your child at night without disturbing them by entering their room, while a lullaby feature can play your child a range of songs that can often be selected remotely from your phone. 


 This essential item will allow you to take your baby with you whenever you leave the house. A baby carrier can put a strain on the body and for those with back pain, this may not be a sensible option. A stroller can be used instead of or in combination with a baby carrier and is ideal for longer distances and for warmer weather.

 During the summer months or on travels to hot countries wearing a baby carrier is not advisable. Instead, a stroller can provide your child with the comfort and protection they need and can be safely covered to keep them cool and shaded. The other benefits of a stroller include their capacity to carry additional items such as diaper bags, toys, a portable changing pad, and other baby accessories.

 By stocking up on the items mentioned in this article you will be well-equipped and ready for your new arrival, seamlessly blending parenthood into your daily life.

What Are The Steps To Follow After A Gym Injury

 This will be a comprehensive guide to dealing with a gym injury. We will look at what to do immediately after the injury occurs, from asking for help to seeing a doctor. Then, we will explore what to do in the wake of the incident, such as gathering evidence like CCTV and speaking to a personal injury lawyer. Next, we will address your recovery and the importance of taking it slow. Finally, we will leave you with some advice about how to avoid future injuries in the gym. If you have recently been injured in the gym in an accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to compensation.

Ask For Help

 The very first thing you should do following an injury at the gym is to call for help. Regardless of whether it was due to human error or an issue with a machine, fault can be attributed later. At the moment of injury, you need to prioritize your well-being and seek immediate assistance. Any gym staff and even other attendees of the gym might be able to help you, either by removing weight from on top of your body or by supporting you into a seated position, depending on the scenario.

 The gym manager should be notified of your injury so a report can be made. If the injury was due to the failure of one of the machines to work as it should, or due to an error made by the gym facility, such as leaving a floor wet without a warning sign, or a dangerous trip hazard left lying around, it should be noted at this point in the report that the incident was avoidable and was caused, at least in part, due to the gym’s negligence.

See A Doctor

 Once you have been helped in the gym, you should either take yourself or ask to be taken to see a medical professional. They will properly assess your injuries and make a record of the incident. It is important that you keep a record of your appointment and any injuries obtained, prescriptions, time off work recommended, and so on. 

 Once you have seen a doctor, you will have a much better understanding of the injuries and damages that have taken place, how best to move forward and how long it might take you to recover fully, if full recovery is possible. With this information, you will have some idea of the emotional damage the incident has caused and any potential damage to your ability to work and maintain your financial position.

Take Photos and Ask For CCTV

 If you are able to take photos at the scene after the injury, it is always recommended to do so. If you are not able due to the injury, you can still ask for CCTV footage following the event. The gym should be able to provide footage of the incident and any relevant footage leading up to the event, such as footage showing the previous user of the machine, the last maintenance check, or a cleaner leaving a wet surface unattended.

 This evidence will help to clarify how the incident occurred and if it could have been avoided. If you suspect that the accident happened due in part or totally due to the negligence of the gym staff members, then you should talk to a personal injury lawyer, as you could be entitled to compensation. The gym incident report, medical reports, and any proof you have that your emotional or financial well-being took a hit following the injury will also come in handy here.

Finally, get the names of any witnesses present at the time of the injury in case they are needed to testify.

Avoid Future Gym Injuries

 While you will be desperate to get back to the gym and full fitness, the best way to protect yourself from further injury or longer-term damage is to build back up to your usual routine slowly and carefully, and stop at the first sign of pain. Some accidents are outside of our control, for instance when a machine has been poorly maintained or a floor has been left slippery. But we can avoid the injuries that we self-inflict.

 One of the best ways to avoid a gym injury is to be gentle with your body and know how to train your weak body parts. Say you train your body relatively equally across all muscles, but your chest does not grow at the rate that the rest of your muscles do, your instinct might be to add more weight and reps when working on the chest. However, this is quite the opposite of the best approach.

 In reality, what tends to happen is that you add weight to your workout, and the muscles around your weak muscle take on the extra strain. The better approach is to learn how to target and contract the weak muscle properly and work on your execution. Your chest, in this scenario, is like a newbie at the gym. Once you have learned to target the weak muscles, you need to treat them gently and build up to your goal weight.

 When you overexert your weaker muscles or poorly execute an exercise, this is when injuries can happen. Training and strengthening your body is not a race but a marathon. You should take your progress slow and steady to best protect yourself from strain and damage.

 This has been a close look at what to do immediately following a gym injury. As you have seen, it is incredibly important to seek help straight away and see a medical practitioner. Once you have ensured your health and well-being have been seen, you can begin to gather evidence, such as photos, CCTV, and medical reports, to show a lawyer. If the accident was in part or totally due to the fault of a third party, you could be entitled to compensation for your physical, emotional, and financial damages. Finally, you want to ensure that your recovery is smooth and avoid future injuries in the gym by being gentle with yourself.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Improve Your Gut Health With Flore Custom Probiotics

 Your Microflora is Unique. Your Probiotics Should Be Too. 

 Have you ever wondered if you have a healthy gut or digestive system? Maybe you have had some stomach issues that led you to think that your gut is unhealthy. Maybe you have read about the leaky gut syndrome and begun to question the health of your gut. It could be that you have done research about the benefits of probiotics and your overall health. 

I received a sample test kit from Flore' to facilitate this post

 Then you decided that you want to include probiotics in your supplement routine. So you head to the drugstore to buy a container of probiotics. Once you set foot in the supplement section of the drugstore and find the probiotic section, you become overwhelmed by the selection of probiotics. 

 The probiotic selection in the health section of your local drugstore is huge and the shelves are filled with so many choices of probiotics. So which probiotic is best? How do you decide which probiotic to take? After picking up the bottles of probiotics and reading the labels, you realize that you have no clue about which probiotic to take. So you grab the cheapest probiotic. 

 After including the probiotic supplement in your daily diet for 30 months, all you experience is a bunch of bloating and gas. The probiotics do not give your digestive system any of the gut health benefits that you have read about in health articles about probiotics. So you stop taking the probiotics. 

Is your probiotic formulation not working perfectly for you?

Give probiotics a second chance

Probiotics can be made with many different strains of good bacteria and selecting the probiotic that is right for you can be a tough job. The reason that people do not experience any benefits from probiotics may be due to not selecting the bacteria stains that their gut needs. With trillions of microbes in your gut, your gut microbiome is as unique as your fingerprint.

That drugstore bottle of probiotics may have had strains of good bacteria in it that your gut already had plenty of. Your digestive issues may be from being deficient in bacteria strains that were not in the probiotics that you bought. So how do you know which of the good guy bacteria your body needs? You could do lengthy research on the many different types of good bacteria that are included in probiotics and what the symptoms you could be experiencing if your gut needs them. Then try the guessing game of taking the probiotic to see if it works or you can take a simple test to discover the best probiotics for your health needs.

Floré Gut Microflora Test Program

 To discover which probiotics are best for your gut health needs, all you have to do is use a simple at-home Floré Gut Microflora Test. The Flore' Microflora Test analyzes the trillions of microbes in your gut microflora to custom craft a unique formula for your unique gut health needs. These formulas are designed for your unique microbiome. So you get a custom probiotic supplement that is tailored to your gut.

Floré keeps it simple with one pill a day! No more juggling a multipack morning and night routines. One pill in the morning is all you need.

Custom Probiotics Tailored to Your Gut

 The at-home test for microflora is easy to perform. It is as simple as going, collecting, and sending a sample. The Floré Microbiome Gut Test equips you to collect and send a micro-stool sample discreetly and in the comfort of your own home.`It is a 4 step process that will get your digestive system feeling better.

1. Sample Collection ~ Floré Microbiome Gut Test equips you to collect and send a micro-stool sample discreetly and in the comfort of your own home.

2. Your Sample Analysis ~ Our world-class team of scientists extracts and sequences your microbial DNA, and each report is personalized, keeping your health goals in mind. The Floré website and Floré Mobile App provide access to your comprehensive report that showcases everything about your gut!

3. Custom Probiotic Formulation ~ Using the microbiome results and your Health & Diet Survey responses, our formulations team puts together a custom blend of probiotics and prebiotics to improve your gut health.

4. Track Your Progress ~ Meet with a Floré Care Scientist to dive into your report and get customized suggestions. Use the web portal and mobile app to track how you’re feeling and improving each week. Retest with a free retesting kit every 4 months. Free reformulations are offered if the formula is not working for you.

Cold Shipped Probiotics are living organisms! Hence, every ingredient is stored and cold-shipped to you directly from our fridge.

The Floré Gut Health Test will give you a detailed look at your gut microbiome

The Flore' Gut Health Test is not your standard poop test. This gut health test can detect over 23,000 microbes in your gut, including Bacteria, Fungus, Yeast, Parasites, and Viruses! The test uses whole genome sequencing technology and can detect these down to the strain level and the relative abundance of each microbe. You’ll receive a complete microbiome report, including other health scores such as your Immunity and joint health. You and even use your gut information to determine which foods and supplements are best for you!

Get custom guidance! A Floré Care Scientist will break down your microbiome report with you and guide you throughout your gut health journey

Once the gut health test is completed you will receive a truly custom formula of probiotics that are formulated for the specific issues in your gut. Each formula will have a custom mix of probiotics and prebiotics depending on your needs.

You will love the sustainable packaging

Your first month's supply of custom probiotics will come with an environmentally-friendly personalized bamboo container shipped directly to your door. Then refills will come in small recyclable pouches so you can refill your bamboo container and reduce waste. Boxes and ice packs are also recyclable. The best part is you will never have to worry about running out of your probiotic supplement as a refill will arrive every 30 days. 

Manufactured in-house No middleman or outsourced laboratories. Everything, from shipping to manufacturing, is directly from San Diego, California.

 Flore' knows that your probiotic needs may change, so you will have access to free retesting every 4 months. You can also skip or cancel shipments at any time.

 I received a Floré Gut Health Test and it was simple to use. Check back in a couple weeks when I get the results of my gut test. 

Head to the Flore'website to get started on your health journey to improve your gut health. https://flore.com/

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Do You Want to Cook Outdoors? Here Are Some Tips to Make it Possible

   If you are like most people, the idea of cooking outdoors is incredibly appealing. There is something about being in nature that makes food taste better. However, many people don't think they can cook outdoors because they don't have a kitchen. This doesn't have to be the case! In this blog post, we will discuss some tips for creating an outdoor kitchen that will make cooking outdoors a breeze.

1) Clear the Space

 One of the most important aspects of setting up an outdoor kitchen is making sure you have enough space. Make sure to clear an area that is large enough for your grill, stove, and prep area. If you are limited in space, consider building a small kitchenette instead of a full-blown outdoor kitchen.

 In addition, keep in mind that the location of your outdoor kitchen is just as important as the size. You will want to make sure it is in a spot that is protected from the wind and rain, and that it is close to a water source if possible. You will also want to make sure there is plenty of room for people to gather around the cooking area.

2) Build a Foundation

 If you are planning on spending a lot of time in your outdoor kitchen, it is worth it to build a foundation. This can be as simple as pouring a concrete pad or building a wooden deck. If you want to get really fancy, you can even install brick pavers.

 Building a foundation will give you a level surface to work on and will help to keep your outdoor kitchen clean. It will also make it easier to move around heavy appliances like grills and stoves.

3) Install Appliances

 Once the foundation is in place, it is time to install your appliances. If you are using a pre-made outdoor kitchen, this will be much easier, but even if you are building everything yourself, there are many appliance options available that are made specifically for outdoor use. Just make sure they are all weatherproof! You should add a grill, a stove, and a sink at the very least. You should also consider installing a kitchen bar. There are many benefits of having an outdoor kitchen bar, such as being able to entertain guests while you cook. So, take your time to browse the different options and find what best suits your needs.

4) Add Storage

 One of the most important aspects of any kitchen is storage. This is especially true for outdoor kitchens, where you will need to store all of your cooking supplies and food. There are many different storage options available, from simple shelves to full-blown cabinets. Just make sure whatever you choose is weatherproof and will be able to withstand the elements. In addition, if you are short on space, consider installing hanging racks or pot racks to save some room.

5) Add Furniture

 No outdoor kitchen is complete without furniture. This is where you will be doing most of your cooking, after all! There are many different types of outdoor kitchen furniture available, from simple tables and chairs to full-blown outdoor kitchens. Just make sure to choose pieces that are weatherproof and durable.

6) Add Finishing Touches

 Now that the major components of your outdoor kitchen are in place, it is time to add the finishing touches. This can include anything from countertops to storage cabinets to decorative elements like pavers or stone walls. And this is where you can really let your personality shine through. Start by choosing a color scheme and decor that you love. Then, add some personal touches like a herb garden or a beautiful backsplash.

 Finally, don't forget to add lighting! String lights are a popular option, but there are many other options available as well. Just make sure the lighting is bright enough so you can see what you are doing while you are cooking.

7) Enjoy Your New Outdoor Kitchen!

 Now that you have all the tips and tricks for setting up an outdoor kitchen, it is time to get started on your own. So, roll up your sleeves and get cooking! We guarantee you will love spending time in your new outdoor kitchen. Also, make sure you invite a friend or two over to enjoy the fruits of your labor. After all, an outdoor kitchen is a perfect place to entertain guests!

Assuming you have the space for it, an outdoor kitchen can be a great addition to any home. It is the perfect spot for entertaining guests or simply enjoying a meal outdoors. Plus, it can add value to your home if you ever decide to sell!

Criteria for Selecting an HVAC Service Provider

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 It's common for customers to ask the same questions over and over again to the companies that supply heating and cooling services. You may use these inquiries to locate an HVAC technician who can complete the work properly. There is a lot of competition in the HVAC industry, but if you know what to look for, you can easily discover a certified expert.

 If you want to limit down your options, you may conduct some comparison shopping online by searching a few different businesses. Compare the firms' strengths and weaknesses in light of the tasks you need completed. The same may be said for HVAC services firms and professionals.

 Is your home's air conditioning and heating system at least a decade old? You may want to consider replacing it in the next year or two. If your HVAC system is relatively new, on the other hand, you should get it serviced at least once a year to make sure it stays in good working order. You should get in touch with an HVAC contractor sooner or later. In your exploration, keep these five things in mind.

Qualifications and work history

 You should inquire about the contractor's prior work history. Although continuity in service is no guarantee of quality, it does suggest that the contractor is succeeding at what they are doing. More so, you may inquire as to the credentials of the contractors and technicians: North American Technician Excellence (NATE) accreditation is one way to ensure that a technician has the most recent training available.

 Even though technicians need to be trained in many different areas, refrigerant handling and air balance are two of the most crucial aspects of the business. Can you tell me whether the company's technicians have been trained and qualified to work with refrigerant? No one without the right certification should be working with refrigerant, as required by Section 608 of the Clean Air Act. The transition from Freon (R-22 refrigerant) to R-410A is making this a more pressing concern. 

Citations and bibliography

 Obtain references and make contact with them. Inquire as to the timeliness and cost-effectiveness of the work. Inquire as to whether or not the firm leaves the installation site clean and takes care to protect the homeowner's property in Los Angeles. After installation, did the Los Angeles HVAC company do any tests to make sure everything was working properly? See what types of complaints are on file with the Better Business Bureau and whether or not you want to proceed with a possible contractor. You may also look online for customer reviews and feedback, but bear in mind that many of them will be fraudulent. Both gushing praise and venomous criticism devoid of context are questionable.

 Don't be afraid to inquire around to people you know for recommendations. Try contacting regional business groups for a list of members serving your area, or use​review sites like Angie's List or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America website. Vehicles used by a professional HVAC consultant should be well-maintained and clearly marked with the company's name.

Paybacks and limited-time deals

 A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system is an expensive investment, so it is wise to look for rebates on energy-efficient equipment and to inquire about sales from local retailers. Ohio residents may get refunds from their utility providers for putting in energy-saving appliances.​

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

6 Holiday Gift Ideas Under $50 For Gift Exchanges

 Looking for a holiday gift for a gift exchange that doesn't cost a whole lot? These holiday gift ideas are perfect for gift exchanging and are priced under $50. The best part ~ they can all be bought online.

Need a gift for an office gift exchange or a gift exchange with friends? How about a gift for that last-minute present for when someone unexpectedly gives you a gift? You have come to the right place. I have a list of several gift ideas that are perfect for presents for friends, co-workers, relatives, and more.

You will love the price point of many of these gift suggestions as they are priced under $50 with many of them under $25. These are not your standard gifts for gift exchanging like a tin of popcorn or a box of chocolate. These are unique gifts that have a wow factor and are gifts that people will love. These are holiday gifts that I would love to receive. So take a look at the list of gifts and get shopping.

Holiday Gift Ideas Under $50 

1. Essential Oil Collections

 Aromatherapy is beneficial to almost anyone and essential oils make great gifts. What I like about these collections of essential oils, is the oils can be used without an essential oil diffuser. The small bottles of essential oils come in a set of three essential oils and include mini wool balls to put the fragrant oils on. So the recipient of the gift can enjoy the benefits of the oils almost anywhere. The boxes that the aromatherapy oils come in are so easy to wrap.

The Kokokahn Essential Oils are oils that support daily life and have health benefits. The Wellness Collection supports support stress, sleep, and breathing. While the Winter Collection has holiday aromas to support health during the winter months. The essential oils can be used in a diffuser, on bedsheets, in the shower, or on the included wool balls. 

2. Sofa Stud

This gift is a very useful gift that anyone who has a sofa or couch will enjoy. It is a where has this item been all my life? Your friends will love the gift of a drink holder so they can enjoy their favorite beverage while relaxing and not have to worry about it spilling. 

The Sofa Stud is a nifty gadget uses the space between your cushions for stability to keep your drink from spilling. It's a great gift for couch potatoes! The original Sofa Stud and the Mugworthy Sofa Stud are super convenient cup holders that keep your drink within reach while preventing spills. Each 'Stud' has a slim paddle on the end that slides between couch cushions and the broad base hold regular-sized cups, cans, mugs, and bottles. No more watermarks on the coffee table, leaning up to get your drink, or cold hands from holding a cup!

3. Bracelet Hair Ties

 The perfect gift for friends with long hair. These adorable hair ties are multi-purpose. They can be worn as a pretty bracelet and when the need arises, they can be used as a hair tie. It allows one to pull their hair back anytime. They are perfect for after-work gym visits.

 Why do hair ties seem to vanish whenever we need one? Here’s a way to keep them close by. Maya J Jewelry transforms a trendy bracelet into a hair tie. These fashionable jewelry accessories are perfect for holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. It’s an item that everyone is sure to love, keep, and actually use. The hair ties are on a beautiful card with three designs. Maya J Jewelry is also an Oprah Favorite Things brand!

4. Whoa Dough Plant-Based & Gluten-Free Cookie Dough

 Food is always the perfect last-minute gift as everyone likes to eat. Now you can give a delicious gift that can even be enjoyed by those who have food allergies and food sensitivities. These delicious cookie dough snack bars are free of most allergens and taste like real cookie dough. Since they contain no egg, they are a safe way to enjoy cookie dough.

Whoa Dough Cookie Dough bars taste just like homemade cookie dough. These delicious bars are Certified Gluten-Free, Vegan, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Egg-Free, OU Kosher, and Non-GMO Project Verified. The bars contain a number of allergy-friendly ingredients, like whole-grain oat flour and chickpea flour. Whoa Dough cookie dough bars have a shelf-life of six months and can be eaten at room temperature or chilled. The Whoa Dough variety pack (6 bars) comes with a bar of every flavor: Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Sprinkle Sugar, Sugar Cookie, and Brownie Batter.

5. Gear Hugger Multipurpose Lubricant 

 This unique container of multipurpose lubricant may seem like an odd thing to give as a gift but it is a useful gift that will come in handy in so many different ways. Everyone has items that need lubrication. From squeaky door hinges to bike chains and even exercise equipment, this plant-based multipurpose lubricant is an essential tool for the home.

 Gear Hugger Multipurpose Lubricant is a plant-based, non-toxic, multi-purpose lubricant that is eco-friendly and safe to be used around kids and pets. No longer do you have to breathe in toxic fumes when lubricating items around the home. This all-in-one spray works as a lubricant, degreaser, corrosion inhibitor, moisture barrier, and antirust spray. It is perfect for squeaky doors, drawers, rusty hinges, plumbing joints, treadmills, small electronics, outdoor furniture, garage door lubricant, bike chains, brake grease, camping gear, lawnmowers, tools, parts, mechanics, and more.

6. Death Wish Coffee

 Gourmet coffee is a great gift for those who enjoy coffee. I bet you have plenty of friends who would enjoy receiving a bag of coffee as a gift in a gift exchange. Especially the world's strongest coffee.

 Death Wish Coffee is not your basic brew of coffee. It is coffee that is made from the highest-quality arabica + robusta beans and roasted to bold, never-bitter perfection. This delicious brew of gourmet coffee has the title of the World's Strongest Coffee. One sip and you will agree that this is a bold coffee that is perfect for gift-giving. Even the coffee packaging is cool. Buy several bags of Death Wish Coffee so you will have plenty for gifts and for yourself to enjoy.

The Best Holiday Gifts For Almost Everyone On Your List 

So make sure to take a good look at all the gifts and start your holiday shopping. So many of these gift suggestions will be perfect to buy to keep on hand for those last-minute gifts. 

Monday, October 24, 2022

3 Ways Chiropractic Care Can Help Manage Headaches

Headaches are not just a nuisance; they can be downright painful. They may feel like an iron band around the temples or even like a hammer has struck the back of your skull. When this happens, most people reach for pain relievers or medications. Chiropractors, on the other hand, are an option to consider. Chiropractors can evaluate, diagnose, and treat headaches. Chiropractors adjust or manipulate the spine to relieve stress and improve spinal function. Soft tissue therapies, which may include massage and kneading of joints and muscles, are also part of the treatment. Looking for more info? Check out this blog on suboccipital headaches.

Spinal Manipulation

Chiropractic adjustments are one way to relieve chronic sufferers and are a good solution for headache management. The technique uses low force and specially-designed instruments to move the spine. Spinal manipulation aims to correct subluxations that affect the nervous system and the reflex mechanisms. The treatment is not limited to manipulating the bones but also helps to improve soft tissue mobility. This technique effectively treats chronic headaches, especially those resulting from chronic neck and upper back tension.

Several studies have evaluated the effectiveness of spinal manipulation in managing migraine. The first included a randomized controlled trial and two systematic reviews. This study included 70 migraine sufferers.

Deep Neck Flexion Exercises

Deep neck flexion exercises during chiropractic care can improve posture and help manage headaches. These exercises include chin tucks and head nods, performed in 10-second intervals with a rest period in between. They help stretch the deep flexor muscles in the neck, which are responsible for supporting the neck. Headaches caused by migraines are often associated with dizziness and nausea. Fortunately, there are several medications for migraine and effective chiropractic treatments.

Chiropractic adjustments can restore nerve function by helping neurons travel through the nerve again. This, in turn, allows neurons to reestablish proper connections throughout the body. As a result, headaches are extremely common, but the causes of different types vary widely. Fortunately, chiropractic techniques are often effective in managing headaches and are free of the side effects common with prescription drugs.

Neuromuscular Massage

A neuromuscular massage is a form of chiropractic care that uses light pressure to relieve the pain associated with headaches and migraines. During the treatment, chiropractors will identify specific trigger points on the body and work to release the pressure on those points to reduce pain. This release of tension helps to restore natural circulation to the affected areas. The increase in blood flow will help to reduce the resulting migraine symptoms. Misalignment of vertebral joints can also cause pain and block nerve flow. Chiropractors will use alternating pressure and friction to release trigger points on the body and stop referred pain.

Neuromuscular massage is one of many treatments used by chiropractors to manage headaches. It focuses on the body's trigger points, reducing muscle tension and increasing blood flow to the affected area. It may also be used as a complementary treatment for migraines. For example, the chiropractor may combine neuromuscular massage with other treatments, such as physical therapy exercises and stress management techniques, to help manage migraine symptoms. The multidisciplinary approach to headache and migraine care requires consistent treatment and is more effective than prescription pain medications.

How To Solve The Junk Drawer Problem With Lifewit

 Are you even normal if you don't have a least one junk drawer in your house? We all have that one drawer that is the catch-all place for items that we may or may not use. Find out how to organize that junk drawer so that the items inside become usable again.

  We all have at least one drawer in our kitchen or bathroom that is super messy. It is the drawer that is cluttered with items that we use on a regular basis. You know the drawer that at times is impossible to open or close. This is the drawer that causes daily frustration as we move things around trying to find what we need. We say that we are going to clean out the junk drawer but never get around to it as it seems like an overwhelming process.

 Even if we take the time to clean and organize the junk drawer, it never stays organized. As quickly as we organize the items in the drawer of junk, our family messes it up again. There is no end to the drawer that is filled with junk!

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Help is on the way! How to organize the junk drawer for good!

 Organizing a junk drawer is a small project that seems overwhelming and time-consuming. The question is how do we tame the junk drawer monster? With a few simple instructions and a 16-piece Drawer Organizer Set, this small project of organizing the junk drawer will deliver big results. You will finally be able to easily find what you need from the junk drawer. The once cluttered drawer will be neat and organized. No longer will you be able to call it the junk drawer.

Getting Started

 The first step to tackling the junk drawer organization project is to clear a space on the countertop or floor. That way you will have a place to sort through everything that is in your drawer. Make sure to have a trash can and recycle bin nearby.

Then pull the drawer out. If you are able to take the drawer completely out, even better. Carefully dump out all the contents of the drawer or place them gently on the counter if that is your style. Once the drawer is empty, grab a damp cloth and clean the inside of the drawer. Then grab a dry cloth and make sure the drawer is dry before placing the items back in.  

 Open up the box from Amazon that contains the Lifewit 16-piece Drawer Organizer Set that I told you to purchase from the link above. Remove all the plastic wrappings from the drawer containers. If you are like me, you did this step the moment the package from Amazon arrived. There is just something about small plastic containers that makes me want to buy them all. 

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Place the Drawer Containers inside the drawer

 Then place the drawer containers inside your empty kitchen or bathroom drawer. Better hurry with this step before your family realizes there is an empty drawer, as they will quickly fill it up with useless junk. Move the plastic containers around inside the drawer until you discover the best combination for storing your items. If you remember the game of Tetris, you may have to move the containers around for a while to make them fit. If you have small drawers, you may have containers left over for another drawer-cleaning project. I was able to organize 2 kitchen drawers with the 16 drawer containers.

Deciding what to Keep

 The toughest part of organizing the junk drawer is sorting everything into things you want to keep in the drawer and things that need a new home. You make also make some tough decisions on tossing items that you don't need. Do you really need that old phone cord to a flip phone that you no longer have?

 Be sure to toss or recycle anything that is broken. Donate useable items.

Place the items into the drawer organizers

 Now the fun or not-so-fun part comes into play. Take the remaining items and start sorting them into like items. Then start placing the drawer items into the containers. Don't place too many items into each drawer organizer as then it will be hard to take the items out. Take your time and think about which items that you really need in the drawer.

Once all the items are organized in the small drawer containers, stand back and look at the awesome job that you accomplished. Give yourself a pat on the back. Then gather the family and have them see the nice and neat drawer that is no longer a junk drawer. Let them know how long it took you to get this task done. Then give them the mom or dad lecture about keeping the drawer clean. Better yet, tell them to stay out of the clean drawer. 

Why I love Lifewit Drawer Organizer Containers

 Lifewit offers homeware solutions that help you organize almost any space in your home. From kitchen drawers to closets, they have a product to help with your storage and organizational needs. Last month I organized my pantry with Lifewit Kitchen Storage Containers. I am happy to say that my kitchen pantry is still neat and organized.

These storage drawer containers are helping me organize my kitchen to make my life less stressful. No longer do I dread having to look for something in the junk drawer. These containers make finding what I need so quick and easy. Even my kids have learned how to put the items back into the drawer without making a mess.

The drawer organizer set 

+ 4 Different Sizes

+ Clear & Transparent

+ Save Space

+ Keeps Items Organized

+ Are Multipurpose

+ Easy to Clean

+ Versatile

+ Durable

+ Can be Mixed & Matched with other sets

The Lifewit 16-piece Drawer Organizer Set can be used in many ways. These functional containers can be used to organize almost any drawer in the home. From the kitchen to the bathroom to the office, these containers are also great in the nursery or playroom. You can even use these bins in your fridge to hold small items like food pouches, cheese sticks, or takeout ketchup packages.

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Items to store in the containers

+ Paper Clips & Pins

+ Keys

+ Batteries

+ Makeup

+ Cotton Swabs Or Balls

+ Combs

+ Chargers

+ Cords

+ Remotes

+ Pens & Pencils

+ Scissors 

+ Tooth Floss Picks

+ Jewelry

 The list can go on with the items that these bins can hold. After ordering one set of containers and seeing how useful they are for storage needs, I can guarantee that you will be buying another set of drawer organizers or another storage solution product from Lifewit. Lifewit makes so many awesome products for your home storage needs and they are very affordable. So take a look at these storage containers for drawers and then visit the Lifewit Storage Store to discover other products for your home.

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