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Friday, February 5, 2016

MONQ Personal Diffuser [+ a giveaway!]

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I am obsessed with aromatherapy  and it wasn't until I discovered MONQ that I realized you can take it on the go with you! 

That's right! MONQ Therapeutic Air is a personal diffuser that you can take with you to enhance your mood and enjoy a custom blend of essential oils!  Their website offers plenty of choices for you so you can just choose the way you wish to feel, open your MONQ, and breathe in the diffused blend of essential oils and wild plant extracts! 

The great thing about MONQ blends is that they are made from USA-grown organic plants and infused into 100% pure food-grade vegetable glycerin.  You can take MONQ diffusers wherever you go since they are conveniently sized to fit in a pocket, purse, or desk drawer.  There are several different blends that you can choose from based on what you need for your life like sleep, relaxation, and energy. 

I received a MONQ diffuser to giveaway and one for myself.  The one I have been using for myself is Zen.  Zen helps with anxiety relief and contains Frankincense and Orange.  Frankincense helps to awaken your spirit and balance your mind.  It can even promote lung function which is great for me because I try to practice deep breathing whenever I feel overwhelmed.   

Orange is very uplifting and makes me feel energized mentally and rejuvenated.  It has been known to lower the body's response to anxiety.  So now whenever I'm stuck in traffic or stressed out at work I can whip my MONQ diffuser out of my purse and relax.  

It also contains Ylang Ylang which is known for its soothing effect on the nervous system.  Sometimes when I'm feeling anxious I go into my bedroom lay on my bed and use my diffuser to help me relax.   

And one lucky winner will get the SEXY diffuser from MONQ!
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How I'm Prioritizing My Heart + Immunity in 2016 [+ a giveaway!]

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation from Influence Central.

Since the beginning of 2016, I've been focusing on taking better care of myself on a daily basis.  

I've been doing a great job with cooking healthier meals and exercising a few times a week but I wanted to take care of myself even more so after checking out the Nature Made microsite, I've determined 2 "Need States" that best suit my life and wellness goals!  By the way, their site is awesome so I highly recommend you sign up and be a part of the Nature Made Daily Boost program! 

Nature Made has a great selection of quality vitamins and minerals to help support nutritional gaps.  Walmart is a great place to purchase Nature Made vitamins, minerals, and supplements regardless of if there's a sale or not! I love that I can go in to shop for groceries and have a wide variety of vitamins to choose from. 

The first "Need State" I'm focusing on is Heart Health & Function.  In order to focusing on that need, I've incorporated Fish Oil into my everyday routine.  Each morning I take my Nature Made Fish Oil supplements. Fish oil helps support a healthy heart by providing EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids.  Since I'm nearing my 30's I want to make sure I take care of my heart now while I'm still young rather than waiting till I'm older and out of shape. 

The second "Need State" I'm working on is Immune System Support, which is why I'm taking Nature Made Vitamin C everyday to help support my immune system.  I can't stand getting sick and Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals in the body and plays an important part in the synthesis of collagen which helps support healthy skin.  

Vitamin C is so essential and it's found in many fruits and vegetables and it must be consumed and replenished daily.  Taking a Vitamin C pill everyday helps me meet my daily Vitamin C needs.  

Taking these every morning is a great way to start my day because I know I'm doing something that takes care of my health and body.  Every morning I take the first step to a brighter day! 

I am working extra hard to make sure I drink lots of water each day regardless of if I work out or not.  Water is important to stay hydrated and in addition to fish oil, water really helps my skin stay clear and blemish free!  

When I exercise, I'm not only helping myself physically, but I'm mentally blowing off steam after a long day.   Being on an exercise schedule also keeps me disciplined to lead a better lifestyle where I stay active on a regular basis.  

And I have some great news... Influence Central is hosting a contest where you can enter to win one of 20 $50 Walmart gift cards!*  The contest closes 2/15/16 and all you have to do is enter by choosing a social media sharing option from the social media amplification tools! 

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 So what are your goals for 2016 and how are you doing with them so far? 

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Chillin' Out

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The weather lately has been insane! After 30 inches of snow, we have been left with frigid temperatures and windy days! 
I love wearing leggings with a tunic but this weather is too cold for leggings alone, so I have been wearing my new pair of Lee Dream Jeans.  These are the Faith Skinny in Black.  
These are great because they have the skinny look of leggings and they stretch and are very forgiving.  I could wear these all days!   They look great with an extra long tunic and some boots! 
Outfit details: 
Boots - Just Fab, Jeans - Lee Jeans, Tunic - TJ Maxx.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Should You Look At Alternative Investment To Bolster Your Portfolio?

Investment can be a little bit of a scary word for anybody that doesn't know much about the subject. In their mind, they see stats, figures, and intricate details that are beyond their comprehension. Once you get past the initial learning curve, however, it isn't such a daunting prospect. Investment works under the same principles no matter which avenue you take. That makes getting to grips with the world of investing a pretty straightforward process.

In the last few years, there has been a huge surge in the area of alternative investment. People are looking in places other than the traditional investment opportunities to put their money. Indeed, it seems like there's good reason for that. As anyone in the know will tell you, diversity is the key to any self-respecting portfolio.

What better way to demonstrate that diversity than with alternative investment? The term may be all-encompassing, but it stretches an awful long way. It can include anything from rare collectibles or commodities to hedge funds and private equity. There is no 'one size fits all' as far as alternative investment is concerned. That's what makes it such an exciting - and attractive - proposition.

More and more people are turning away from shares, stocks and bonds as a place to generate a return of investment. Since 2005, the number of alternative investments has doubled. And it's still rising. That's a growing trend that cannot be ignored. At least, not if you're serious about making money.

If there is one thing that is stopping people from investing, it's a fear of the unknown. If someone is more likely to stick to what they know, it's going to be the stock exchange. It's tried and tested. In some ways, it's foolproof. You know exactly what to expect, even if the temperamental nature of the stock market is so volatile. It's a game you've played before. But in investment, does familiarity breed contempt?

Sometimes, taking yourself out of your comfort zone is the best way to combat any problems you face. And it isn't like you'll be throwing yourself in at the deep end. The same principles that apply when investing in more traditional avenues also apply here. As a matter of fact, there are even more helpful resources for alternative investment than there are elsewhere. If guidance is what you're seeking, there is no need to look anywhere else.

Experts suggest that investment trends and portfolio structure is set to evolve over time. This is a subsequent byproduct of the changing nature of the market. Interest rates continue to hike. The market is unpredictable. People are going to need an exit strategy. It's simply common sense to have a backup plan in place. Alternative investment gives you that and much, much more.

While the return may be minimal compared to traditional investments, it could be a case of less is more. If you're serious about giving investment any degree of consideration, alternative investment is as good a place to start as any.

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How I Use My Himalayan Salt Lamp

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You may have heard people talking about salt lamps and how they use them in their home.  After hearing about it for so long I decided to try a Himalayan Salt Lamp from Himalayan Salt Shop for myself.

Here's a little bit of background information about Himalayan Salt Lamps.  These salts are hand chipped from the base of the Himalayan Mountains and they contain 84 different minerals!   That in and of itself is pretty amazing.  The 15 watt light bulb heats the salt and causes it to emit negative ions like the same ones found in the ocean, thunderstorms, and waterfalls. Negative ions help remove dust, pollen, dander, cigarette smoke, bacteria, and they offset positive ions generated by electronic devices such as computer monitors and TVs.  Some people that have asthma, allergies, and other illnesses use salt lamps to help their situation.  I love the idea that a salt lamp can cleanse the air naturally and look gorgeous at the same time. 

So since the living room is the most commonly used room in our house we placed ours in the corner. 

This Himalayan Salt Crystal Lamp is just 6-8 lbs but it's perfect as a first purchase.  Even though it's small it still is big enough for ionization of a small bedroom.  Since our home is small the living room is a great place for it since that's where we have all our eletronic devices.  It is so beautiful when it glows and it certainly is a gorgeous piece of home decor! I have to say that I really feel more calm just by looking at it when it's lit up and I haven't been sneezing like I used to. Both me and James suffer from year round allergies and so do my doggies.  

You can purchase your own Himalayan Salt Lamp from Himalayan Salt Shop here: and be sure to check them out on Facebook here and subscribe to their email newsletter here.

Have you used a salt lamp before or do you think you'll use one now?

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