Here’s how You Could Relax after a Super Busy Week


Has it just been one of those weeks? It doesn’t matter how busy you are because it’s so important that you are able to find the time to unwind and really do the things that your body needs. If you just don’t know where to get started, then you can take a look below to find out more.

Take a Hot Shower and Relax your Muscles

It’s so important that you are able to relax both your muscles and your mind from time to time. A hot shower can help you to relieve tension while also soothing any stiff muscles you might have. If you have a blocked nose, then it can work wonders for that as well. People normally pick up bugs when they are really run down with everything, so make the effort to try and take care of yourself from time to time. When you do, you’ll be much more comfortable and happier.

Get into Some Comfortable Clothes

Free your body of any tight or even uncomfortable clothing. If you lounge around in your work clothes after you get home, take them off and change your outfit. When you do, you will be able to take your mind away from work and this will really work in your favour.

Distract Yourself from your Work-Related Stress

Relaxing doesn’t have to mean doing nothing. Sometimes relaxing just means doing whatever makes you happy. This could involve reading a book, listening to some music or even doing some exercise. You might also want to try your hand at drawing if you want something that will stimulate you. If you find it hard to read books, then it may be worth investing in a pair of reading glasses. Replacement lenses can also be purchased online.

Turn off your Technology

The problem with phones is that you can’t really live with them, but you can’t live without them as well. If you want to help yourself then you need to turn off your mobile or even put it in another room. All of your emails and notifications can wait a few hours because you need to focus on yourself for a little while. When you do, you’ll feel way more relaxed and content.


Evidence has shown time and time again that both meditation and mindfulness can really benefit your health. If you want to give it a go, then try and download a meditation app. This will help you to learn the whole process and it can also show you what you need to do in order to truly relax.

Have a Hot Drink

Did you know that tea has been proven to relieve stress? The act of putting the kettle on can sometimes be enough to start those endorphins flowing. If you want to help yourself here, then you need to try and settle down with a hot drink and give yourself chance to relax. When you do, you can then start to unwind and focus on the good things in life.

Love Bottle – An Unique Valentine’s Day Gift Idea


Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. It seems like just yesterday we were decorating the Christmas tree and looking forward to Santa’s arrival. Soon it will be Valentine’s Day, and before you know it, Memorial Day weekend. Time sure does fly.

Do you have a special someone to be your Valentine this year? My Valentine for the past 24 years has been my husband. In fact, we’re celebrating the 24th anniversary of our first date this coming weekend. We went on our first date on February 2nd (Groundhog Day). On Saturday we’re going out to dinner at an amazing restaurant called Mt. Fuji. I wrote a review about the restaurant on my site a few months ago.

Since our date anniversary is so close to Valentine’s Day, we don’t normally gift each other anything. It’s not that I don’t love and appreciate my husband (we wouldn’t be together for 24 years if we didn’t). It’s just that I show him love (and vice versa) every day. I don’t need a special day of the year to let him know how very much he means to me. Every day is Valentine’s Day for us.

I DO get him Valentine’s Day gifts from time to time. Usually it’s something funny or unique. Traditional gifts like chocolates and flowers are not our “thing.” We like silly and out of the ordinary gifts for one another, year round (birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas…).

If you are in the market for a unique Valentine’s Day gift idea, with a “healthy twist” to it, check out the Love Bottle.

What is a Love Bottle you might ask?

A Love Bottle is a beautiful, elegant, reusable water bottle.

Check out this brief video to learn more.


I know what you must be thinking – How is a water bottle a nice Valentine’s Day gift idea? I mean, a bottle is a bottle, right?

Wrong! The Love Bottle is different.

The Love Bottle is a reusable water bottle made of glass. Every part of the bottle is made with love right here in the USA.

The Love Bottle features a ceramic lid, food grade silicone seal and stainless steel wire to keep the lid in place. The bottle designs are done with non-leaded ceramic ink.

The bottle is scratch resistant and dishwater safe.

According to the brand, the Love Bottle is all about bringing love and water together and drinking with love. The bottle was created to help the physical and emotional health of our bodies, our communities and our planet.

Think about it. You want your loved one to be happy and healthy, right? Drinking water is a vital part of our physical health. Many people don’t drink nearly as much water as they need to. I’m one of them.

My husband and son drink A LOT of water every day (I swear my son is 99% water!). My daughter barely drinks water, and I am guilty of that too. I try and get enough water each day, but honestly, I am so busy that I don’t even think about drinking. If coffee counts, then I’m doing good. Ha Ha.

Gifting the Love Bottle tells your special someone that their health and well-being is very important to you. Showing them that you want them to be healthy by drinking more water is a lot better than a box of unhealthy chocolates (even though chocolate is so good).

The Love Bottle is available in many different designs to suit anyone’s tastes.

Speaking of taste, drinking from a water bottle is not only better for you, but water tastes better in a glass bottle. Steel and aluminum bottles can give you a residual metallic taste in your water. I don’t need to tell you how unhealthy plastic bottles are. There are harmful chemicals in plastic water bottles that you can ingest.

My Love Bottle with a message inside to give you an idea of what it would look like. I think this is a fun gift idea for Valentine’s Day.

Because glass is clear and see through, you are able to make sure your bottle is fully cleaned when washing it. With other bottles you can’t see what might be building up in your bottle.

Glass water bottles are better for the environment too.

In addition to all of this, the Love Bottle brand donates 5% of their revenue to charity. The Love Bottle is a win-win situation for everyone.

To make the Love Bottle a bit more romantic, you can add a custom message to put inside of the bottle (message in a bottle). I love that idea! I’ve always wanted to find a bottle on the beach with a message inside. I hear about that in the news from time to time. I think that would be such a cool find.

If you are interested in learning more about Love Bottle, or you would like to purchase one for that special someone in your life, or you’d like to purchase one for yourself (you should always love yourself!), visit LoveBottle.com. You can also check out the brand on social media.


*I received a free sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Can CBD Oil Help My Stress?


As we embrace a new year, we habitually open the flood gates with the constant reminders and inspirations of “new year, new you.” Whether that means setting a goal to lose that stubborn 15 pounds or setting personal boundaries, we are on the prowl for improvement… for becoming the best versions of ourselves. For that very reason, we want to rephrase the overused mantra and view it through the lens of a “new year, better you.” 

One easy way to start feeling good is to practice self-care. For moms, specifically, this can be very challenging as we seem to always place our needs at the very bottom of our list of priorities. With the never-ending planning, preparing, errands, playdates, activities, drop-offs and so forth, it can feel like we are on a hamster wheel. It is stressful, taxing and exhausting. Am I right? That’s where Pure CBD Oil and Hemp Extract Oil comes into the picture as research and scientific studies are showing the benefits CBD may have on managing everyday stresses to support greater focus, clarity and calm. What mom doesn’t want that? 

What is CBD Oil?

CBD (scientifically referred to as Cannabidiol) is one of 100+ known cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. CBD, as well as other naturally occurring cannabinoids, are shown to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system to help restore balance and physiological homeostasis. 

The cannabinoids, including CBD, are first extracted from the raw hemp plant to be consumed and used in oils, tinctures, edibles, capsules and topical creams. CBD Oil and Hemp Extract Oil are amongst the most preferred methods of consumption due to bioavailability, efficacy and fast-acting relief. 

How Does CBD Help Stress?  

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) performed testing trials and released a report in 2019 that showed CBD decreased stress in animals. The subjects were observed and CBD was credited for improving their behavioral and physiological symptoms including breathing and heart rate levels.

CBD is shown to affect the CB1 receptors in the brain, which may also impact serotonin. Low serotonin levels are found in those suffering from depression or anxiety. Medications for low serotonin levels like Zoloft of Prozac are not natural and synthetically alter the chemicals produced by the brain. If you are concerned about synthetic medications impacting the brain’s chemical production, CBD and other cannabinoids in Hemp Extract Oil may be a great alternative. As always, safety is of our utmost concern so please consult with your doctor before making changes to your medications, or if you are interested in supplementing CBD Oil in lieu of these medications. 

New Year, Better You

It can be hard to shine when we are tired, anxious, stressed or suffering from pain. CBD Oil may be a real solution to these real-life problems. Make yourself a priority this year, where you focus on your health—mentally and physically—because when we are healthy, we are happy. And when we feel our best, we do our best; for ourselves and others. Combining regular exercise and a healthier diet, supported with daily CBD routine may just be the perfect trifecta for finding greater relief from stress. Here’s to a year with less stress and better health.

Taking Action To Change Your Life


Taking action to change your own life is never as easy as it sounds. The lifestyle you enjoy each day can be incredibly difficult to shatter, with many people being drawn back to the old ways they enjoyed before too long, and even more so finding themselves miserable when they are unable to achieve the results they want. Of course, though, like many areas in life, there are some simple tricks which can be applied to this which will make it much easier. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the tricks which can be used, giving you the chance to start changing your life as soon as possible.

Weight Loss

Losing weight is something which a lot of people struggle with, and it makes sense. Not only do you have to change your life to make something like this work, but you also have to do things which most people simply don’t enjoy, and this means that you will feel opposed to it before you even start. Healthy weight loss is far from impossible to achieve, and most people have the skills and resources they need to make it happen. Of course, though, it will be hard to do this if you don’t have the right ideas in mind.

It’s always worth working on both your diet and exercise at the same time. While it will feel harder to make such drastic changes at the same time, this will have the biggest impact on your weight, giving you something easy to focus on to motivate yourself. It’s always worth using your results to drive and motivate you, rather than thinking too much about the food you eat or the exercise you do. This will make you feel good when you achieve your milestones, while also distracting you from the fact that you’ve had to change your lifestyle to make this work.

Habit Breaking

There are a lot of habits out there, and most people who have something like this will want to stop. Smoking, drinking, and a huge range of other vices fall into this category, and many of them are unhealthy, making it worth seeking a change. Of course, though, habits form when you do something repeatedly for a long time. This makes it incredibly difficult to break them, and many people find this nearly impossible to approach. Thankfully, though, there are some tricks which can help you out.

Replacementing habits is far easier than getting rid of them altogether. Something like smoking can be replaced with using an e-cigarette or going on a walk, while those who can’t stop themselves from eating junk food all the time could consider filling their home with healthier snacks. Alongside this, it can also help to tell the people around you that you’re going through this process, as this will make you feel accountable, and this can often be the best motivation there is.

Financial Thinking

Money is one of the most stressful parts of life for people across the world, making it something which is worth thinking about when you want to improve your life. Working with money isn’t easy, and a lot of people find it just about impossible to save when they aren’t earning very much. The best tool you have to help you out with this is your smartphone. There are loads of apps out there which make it easy to follow a budget, and many of them come completely free, making it worth giving one a download to see if it could work well enough for you.

Social Surges

Being social can be hard when you’re having a rough day, and this can often impact the relationships which people have. If you’re unable to go out because you feel too tired or simply don’t want to talk to people, it will be hard to keep in contact with the people you care about, and this can be tricky to overcome. In some cases, your friends may come to you, forcing you to be social, and this can make things much easier. Of course, though, not everyone will be able to do this, and you may have to help yourself a little bit.

Changing the way you feel about spending time with other people can often be achieved with some simple reflection. The people you like and care about will enjoy spending time with you, and you will enjoy spending time with them. Even if it feels like a chore at the time, this makes it well worth working hard to see as many people as possible in your day to day life. Some people will find this easier than others, and it will be worth working hard to make sure that you’re always in a good mood when you go out of your way to see your friends.

Improving your life isn’t always an easy task, and a lot of people struggle to achieve this goal on their own. In reality, though, when you have a lot of people around you, it should be nice and easy to achieve your goals. Not only will people be happy to see you making changes, but they will also have gone on their own journeys and will be able to offer advice and support to make the whole thing easier.

10 Little Things You Can Do Make Yourself Feel Better


A new year can be a daunting time, as everyone talks about ‘new year, new me’ and all the things they are going to do, what they achieved last year, what they want to accomplish this year and how they’re going to do it. You can’t move on Instagram or Facebook without seeing collages of peoples’ top moments, lists of how great the last decade has been for them, and those who have already started the year off hiking, going to the gym or cooking vegan everything. Well done to them, but for those people who aren’t in the right place for this, the people who had a hard time over Christmas and New Year and don’t feel ready to throw themselves into the new year, that’s okay. Take the pressure off, forget about it being a new year, and concentrate on making yourself feel a little better. The key is to start small, so if you aren’t feeling quite right at the minute and all the talk of new years resolutions is making you feel even worse, then here are a few things you need to do to make yourself feel a little better:

Avoid Social Media

Step one is straightforward, and it will make you feel better without even realizing it. Just take a break from social media, from posting things yourself but also from looking at what others are doing. You know it’s not real, it’s only the ‘best bits’ so remove yourself from it, so you don’t have to see it.

Get Enough Sleep

This is very important, especially when you’re not feeling quite yourself, you must make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Tiredness can make you feel so much worse, more unhappy, and of course, with little energy. If you need to catch up on some sleep, then do that. Have some early nights, cancel plans, and focus on getting back to normal.

Spend Time With Animals

If you don’t have a pet to spend time with, then head to borrow my doggy or another site like it so that you can borrow someone else’s furry friend and enjoy lots of love and cuddles. www.timeforpaws.co.uk has a great selection of toys and food for pets, so you can treat them too to thank them for making you feel good.

Try Breathing Exercises

Breathing exercises can be a great way to make you feel better. Whether it’s five minutes in the morning before you go to work, five minutes before you go to sleep, or in the middle of the day when you’re feeling overwhelmed, breathing exercises can help with your concentration and your mood, and you only need five minutes.

Connect With Nature

Spending time in natural environments is so good for you. Make a point of getting outside each day, walking through a park, being around greenery, and getting some fresh air. You might not notice the benefits instantly, but even just a ten-minute walk each day will start to make you feel better.

Eat More Vegetables

Don’t put pressure on yourself to start a new fad diet or completely overhaul your eating and drinking habits. The key is to make small changes and vegetables have so many benefits that just by adding more to your diet, you will start to feel better. This has a ripple effect, and as you begin to feel better and look better, you will want to continue this.

Talk About Your Feelings

If you are feeling rubbish, tell someone. Even just five minutes on the phone to a friend or family member each day will make you feel better. It’s essential to connect with people, so if you don’t do this as often as you would like, then commit to just five minutes a day.


Try a meditation app or some videos on YouTube and take some time – again, it doesn’t need to be lengthy – just five or ten minutes. Take yourself off somewhere quiet and try it. There are also some great meditations for helping you to sleep.


Adult coloring-in books exist for a reason, and they are trendy with many people. Again, take five or ten minutes each day and set it aside for coloring. Commit to this, because even on the days when you’re feeling good, it’s essential to carry on, and it will continue to make you feel good.  

Have A Bath

It’s effortless, but it really can make you feel better. Not only will you be cleaner, but a long hot soak in the bath relaxes your muscles, gives you some peace, warms you up, and takes away the stresses of your day.

Who knew staying healthy could be fun


The cold season is in full swing. Have you been successfully able to remain “cold free” thus far? What about flu free? Knock on wood, no one in my family has been sick, with the exception of a few sniffles.

As a parent, I always drove it into my kid’s heads to wash their hands regularly, sneeze and cough into the bend of their elbow (or a tissue if handy), and try to stay away from people who are sick.

I work with children, and I try to get them to do that same thing. Sadly, kids still cough without covering their mouths, and use their sleeves when they have a running nose. Gross!

I LOVE working with children, but their questionable hygiene grosses me out. This is why I always clean and disinfect things, and I use my own crayons and markers when doing crafts or coloring.

Children, most especially young ones, don’t rely on using tissues as much as they should. I think it’s because tissues are not fun and not something that they think of. But what if tissues COULD be seen as something “fun?” It’s possible, thanks go CUBE Tissues from Smart Care.

CUBE Tissues completely revitalizes the category by taking the classic tissue box and turning it into fun figures featuring some of today’s hottest licensed characters including Minions, Thomas and Friends, PAW Patrol™, Trolls, Shopkins and Jurassic World. Additional licensed characters will be added to their product line in the coming months. 

CUBE Tissues are not an ordinary looking tissue box with licensed characters on them – they are 3-D tissues boxes!

I was sent some CUBE Tissue boxes to review. I was sent one from each of the mentioned product lines – Minions, Thomas and Friends, PAW Patrol, Trolls, Shopkins and Jurassic World.

Minions are favorite characters of my family, so that was the first box that I opened and placed in the bathroom. Check out how totally cute he is!

Please disregard the two air fresheners. We are not a “stinky” family. I was trying to use them up since they are holiday scented.

The Minion CUBE Tissue box has “boxy” feet and “boxy” arms. They really make the box come to life. How cute!

I also have the Jurassic Park dinosaur CUBE Tissue box on my desk.

With this box you have a tail, arms, feet and a long nose and mouth.

What little boy or girl (or us not-so-little-kids) wouldn’t enjoy seeing one of amusing tissues boxes? I personally think that these boxes would encourage children to use tissues more frequently, and not their hands or clothing. Don’t you agree?

Here are the other boxes I was sent. I haven’t opened them up from their outer boxes (yet). I am waiting until the Minion and dinosaur are empty before using them.

There are 85 2-ply tissues per box.

The tissues are nice and soft. I have used them several times. They are strong tissues too.

If you are interested in learning more about these adorable, 3-D tissues boxes, visit CubeTissues.com or SmartCareUS.com.

You can purchase the tissues on their sites, or on Amazon.com.

What do you think of these tissues boxes? Do you think your child would be more likely to use tissues in your home (school, daycare…) if they were in one of these boxes? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.


*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.