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Holiday Winter Skin tips on a budget

 

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The holidays are the ideal time to stretch the dollar as much as possible. For glam girls who want glowing skin, it’s hard to compromise looking good. Rachel Sharoff is a licensed aesthetician at Skintology Medi-Spa in Manhattan. She states that, “there are certain treatments that should only be performed in a medi-spa or in a dermatologist’s office, however, when money is tight there are DIY ways to keep your skin in great condition.”

Below are several of Rachel’s suggestions and tips

Go Home High Tech

I recommend my acne clients buy a high frequency device to help keep their breakouts under control in between treatments. High frequency devices use argon gas to emit oxygen, killing the bacteria below the skin. Technology is now very safe and effective for home use with proper instruction. And they are also very inexpensive

Use Petroleum Jelly 

This common, inexpensive product has several uses for skin care including:

  • Moisturizing rough, cracked feet, elbows, and hands; dry cuticles and lips; and peeling nails.
  • Preventing chafing when running or biking.
  • Protecting kids’ scrapes and bumps; and applying as a diaper ointment.

Consider Dual-Function Products

Examples include a moisturizer plus sunscreen and a lip balm with sunscreen.

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Make Your Own Moisturinzing Face Mask with Home Food

  • 1/3 of a ripe medium banana
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon of whole milk

Heat the milk until it comes to a gentle boil and then remove from the heat. Allow the milk to cool until a skin forms on the surface. Skim the skin from the surface and combine with the banana, honey, and egg. Mix to form a smooth paste, and then apply it to your skin for 10 minutes, rinsing away with cool water.

Make Your Own Moisturizing Hair Mask with Supermarket Food

Avocado: avocado is one of nature’s greatest moisturizers, rich in vitamins such as E & B and nutrients. Its natural oils will give your hair the moisture it’s lacking. Use about half an avocado, mash it, use on it’s own or with other ingredients.

Honey: honey is moisturizing and a humectant (has the ability to cling onto moisture) making it suitable for dry hair. Be aware that it also lightens the color of your hair (bleaching effect). Use as much as necessary (not too much or you’ll be left with sticky hair), can be mixed into other ingredients such as the avocado or banana. Apply to damp hair.

Mayonnaise: sounds disgusting, but mayonnaise is made of eggs, vinegar and oil, all three of which have been used for many years to give volume, shine and hydration to hair. For dry and damaged hair it’s best used mixed with avocado, although it can be used alone.

Olive oil: try to use extra virgin olive oil for best results, this has been used for centuries for hair and skin moisturizing as it is nourishing and strengthening, perfect for dry and damaged hair! Can be mixed in with other ingredients such as avocado or banana, OR to use on its own; work it through warm, damp hair as needed (not too much or risk not being able to rinse it) from roots to tips. Wrap either a warm towel or a plastic bag over your hair and leave for 20 minutes, then rinse.

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Give Yourself an At-Home Spa Treatment

For simple in-home hydrotherapy, start out your day with a hot steamy shower and just as you are finishing switch the water to cold for about 15 seconds. Repeat the process for two minutes. This hydrotherapy technique will revitalize your skin and give it a glow by stimulating the flow of blood through the skin. (The approximate price of this treatment at a spa: $95!)

Toning

Use cotton pads or gauze, as opposed to cotton balls, with your toner. Cotton pads remove remaining dead skin, dirt and oil, and this better prepares your skin for your treatment serums. Using cotton pads or gauze also prevents excess product usage, thereby saving you money every time!

The Perfect Sub for Pricey Eye Cream

Slice raw potatoes and put them on your eyelids to reduce puffiness.

Get the Most from your Moisturizer

Apply it to damp skin as soon as you get out of the shower to lock in moisture. For your face, look for moisturizers that say “oil-free” or “non-comedogenic,” as these won’t clog your pores.

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Budget Hacks for Christmas

 

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It’s that time of year again. Christmas is coming our way and if you’re like most people this holiday season that means an entire month of running around like a chicken with your head cut off while you try to find the perfect gift for your loved ones. Christmas can get expensive and not everyone has buckets of money to blow this time of year. But by implementing these money-saving tricks, you can not only maximize your holiday budget this year but you can survive the holidays with your sanity intact.

Start Shopping Early 

Believe it or not, it’s good to start early when it comes to holiday shopping. People who shop for Christmas at least a month in advance can actually save hundreds of dollars each holiday season. Why? By avoiding the temptation of putting off your shopping until the last possible minute, you’ll be better able to take advantage of sales throughout the year, plan out a stronger holiday budget, and avoid making impulse purchases. Some savvy shoppers even buy presents as early as January once they have an idea of what the people in their life want. While you don’t have to start shopping that early, don’t procrastinate either.

Make a List 

The best things happen with a strong plan. Make a list (and check it twice) of all the people you’ll be buying gifts for. Be sure to include ideas for what to get them as well as how much you’re willing to spend. For example, you’ll probably want to spend more on your partner or child’s gift than something you’ll get for your coworker. By having a good plan in place, you’ll be able to have a better idea of your holiday budget and you probably won’t have to deal with any surprises.

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Go Online 

Some of the best deals out there can be found online. By going online, you’ll be able to compare prices on products in various stores in a matter of minutes. You’ll also be able to take advantage of special promotions and coupons. Frugaa.com, for example, offers online coupons and rewards for hundreds of popular online vendors both big and small. Another huge advantage that comes with shopping online? You can save on shipping by having products shipped (and even gift wrapped) directly to your recipient’s home.

In fact, many online vendors often have great promotions going on regularly, meaning you won’t have to wait until Black Friday or Cyber Monday to snatch up a good deal (plus you’ll be able to miss out on all those crowds).

Make it Yourself 

Are you crafty? Consider making personalized gifts. Whether you like to sew, knit, or sketch, your friends and family are sure to appreciate a gift you made yourself. Not only can this be a great way to save money on purchasing gifts but it’s a good way to show that you put a lot of thought into the gifts you give your friends and family. After all, anyone can just buy a toy. But not everyone’s willing to knit a beanie or a sweater. Homemade gifts are often more personal, which can at least make your recipients appreciate the thought that went into it.

Wrapping Matters 

But it’s not just the gifts that matter. It’s how you present them too. For something that’s quickly torn off a present and thrown away, wrapping paper can certainly get expensive. Luckily, there’s a few things you can do to help cut down on the cost of it. Consider wrapping your presents in newspaper or butcher paper. Not only can this be incredibly cheap versus buying rolls of wrapping paper but you may find that your friends and family will think it’s pretty creative. For bonus points, have your kids draw on the butcher paper.

The holidays can be a busy and expensive time of the year but with these budget hacks, you’re sure to make it through the season with a happy wallet and a happy family.

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Post by Byron Kimball

How to Save on Summer Fun for Your Kids

 

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Now that summer is almost officially upon us, many families are making plans on places to go, things to see and fun things to do.

When my kids were younger I had a hard time coming up with new and exciting things for them to do each day. There are only so many times you can go to the playground before it gets boring.

Cost is also a factor. Since we cannot afford to go on a real vacation, may family can only go on day trips. Thankfully we live near many state parks and we’re just a hop-skip-and-a-jump to New York City.

Finding ways to keep your kids (and grandkids) entertained during the summer months can be costly. In fact, a recent report from American Express Spending & Savings Tracker found that U.S. families dish out big bucks on activities for kids, with the per-child cost of summer fun ranging from $600 to over $1,000. For families with 3, 4 or more children the cost can be astronomical.

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To save your sanity and avoid going broke this summer, consider these budget-friendly ways to entertain your kids for less from Andrea Woroch* – a consumer and money-saving expert for Kinoli Inc (please refer to her author’s bio below).

Buy an Entertainment Book
The easiest way to access two-for-one and 50% off deals is to buy an entertainment book for your city. You can also pick one up in the city you’re visiting to save on food and activity expenses during your vacation. For instance, you can get a free child admission with one adult ticket for the Santa Barbara Zoo, or get one free bowling session when a second one is purchased at AMF Bowling Centers in Orlando.

Review Debit and Credit Card Perks
Some debit and credit cards offer money-saving perks for activities. For example, Bank of America’s Museums on Us program provides complimentary access to participating zoos, museums and other educational institutions during specific days over the summer. Similarly, a debit card issued by 1st National Bank (locations in Colorado and Nebraska) offers complimentary tickets to community events like the Taste of Fort Collins when users show their debit cards at ticket booths.

Head to the Library
Not only can you access books, audio books and DVDs for free, but your local library offers many community events and activities for families from reading groups to arts and crafts. Storytime is a popular event with libraries offering different readings based on age group. What’s more, your library may also be a resource for discount passes to museums and national parks.

Get Crafty
Having an arsenal of crafts at the ready helps you better respond to unexpected “I’m bored!” outbursts. To save on puzzles, painting kits, scrapbook activities and more, use coupons to offset your purchases to popular craft stores. For example, the Coupon Sherpa mobile app gives you instant access to deals like 30% off one item from JoAnn Fabrics, or 40% off one regular-priced item from either Michaels or Hobby Lobby. You can also find craft kits at department stores like Kohl’s, where savings of 15% off are available through the app.

Find Discount Admissions
Many recreation centers, museums, zoos and botanical gardens offer discount and sometimes free admission on certain days of the week. The Art Institute of Chicago offers free admission to Illinois residents every Thursday night, while the Denver Museum of Nature and Science offers a free day every month of the year. Review the organization’s website for applicable days and times to keep your costs low while providing an enriching activity for your kids.

Look for Freebies
Bowling centers give back to their communities and offer a safe and fun environment for kids through the Kids Bowl Free Program. Enjoy two free games every day at participating bowling centers by registering at KidsBowlFree.com. In addition to activities, you can find free meals for your kids at MyKidsEatFree.com when you enter your state of residence (or the one you’re traveling to!).

Catch a Flick for Less
Head to the movies on Monday or Tuesday nights, as many movie theaters offer discount passes and savings on concessions during off-peak times. Otherwise, catch a matinee for less or find a local drive-in theater for cheaper tickets and a fun experience for the kids. Use the Regal Cinemas app to access mobile coupons for popcorn, hot dogs and drinks, and take advantage of your local theater’s loyalty program to earn points towards freebies and future discounts.

Volunteer
Providing your children with a fulfilling activity doesn’t have to cost you money. A great way to keep your kids busy with a rewarding experience is to give back to the community. Review volunteer opportunities at VolunteerMatch.org for age-appropriate volunteer activities. Older kids may enjoy contributing to a Habitat for Humanity build, while younger kids can brighten the moods of seniors living in a local nursing home.

Review Daily Deals
Groupon, LivingSocial and other daily-deal providers are rife with discounts to family-friendly attractions. From discounts to local sporting events, introductory classes to unique activities like fencing and cheerleading, and even reduced-price admission to the local museum, these vouchers can save you money while introducing your child to something new. Make sure to read the fine print so you know exactly what you’re getting with your money, and remember you can use the voucher for the purchase price if it expires before you can spend it.

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These are some awesome tips. Here are a few other ideas that my family has done during the summer months that don’t cost much to do.

Host a Family Movie Night – You can watch a movie you already own (a family favorite), rent a movie or stream from an online service such as Netflix. You can even swap movies with friends, family and neighbors. If you have the ability to watch a movie outside even better.

Camp in your own backyard – If your family enjoys camping and sleeping under the stars you don’t have to travel far to camp out. You can do it in your own backyard. If you don’t have camping equipment see if you can borrow some from family, friends or neighbors.

Visit your local and state parks – Most parks have nominal entrance and/or parking fees. Many parks offer several aneminies such as boating (and rentals), barbecues, swimming, hiking trails and more.

Host a Swap – Get together with family, friends and neighbors and host a swamp. You can swap toys, clothes, movies or whatever you’d like. It’s a great way to get rid of things your kids long longer need or want in exchange for things that are “new” to them. Kids can get “new” toys, books, movies and more and it won’t cost you a dime.

Set up a lemonade stand – This is always a fun activity. Plus the money the kids raise can be used to fund other fun summer activities.

These are just a few ideas.

How do you entertain your kids and save money during the summer months? Feel free to share your tips. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

Andrea Woroch

*Andrea Woroch is a consumer and money-saving expert for Kinoli Inc. From smart spending tips to personal finance advice, Andrea transforms everyday consumers into savvy shoppers. As a sought-after media source, she has been featured among such top news outlets as Good Morning America, Today, CNN, Dr. OZ, New York Times, MONEY Magazine, Huffington Post, Forbes and many more. For more information, visit AndreaWoroch.com or follow her on Twitter for daily savings advice and tips.

Give yourself “financial peace of mind”

 

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Its the holiday season. We are all tempted by amazing deals and the enormous savings that companies and brands are flashing in our faces. It’s hard not to want to jump on every great deal. I know I have a difficult time passing up on tremendous savings. Unfortunately I have to keep a realistic mind.

Many years ago we found ourselves in dire straights. We were greatly in debt and didn’t have two dimes to rub together. It was a really rough time in our lives. Thankfully we were able to dig ourselves out of the “black hole” of debt. We have stayed out of debit for about 10+ years. We do have some debit (mortgage, one car payment, medical bills) but they are manageable.

We were foolish years ago. We didn’t create a reasonable and responsible budget. We spent money frivolously. We didn’t take to heart the consequences of spend-thrift spending.

Not all of our spending was foolish. There were times were we genuinely needed to spend the money, such as replacing the fridge when ours broke down (the cost of repair was a lot – it was cheaper to get a new fridge), or unexpected car repairs.

That whole experience taught us a VERY valuable lesson – you must have a reasonable budget and stick to it. At the same time you need to allow yourself a little flexibility so that you are able to enjoy yourself too.

The first thing we did was take a look at all our monthly expenses (electric, phone service, satellite dish, insurance…). Once we had a list of what our expenses were we tried to come up with the average monthly cost each expense cost us. Once we had some idea where our money was going we took each bill one by one and looked at ways to cut the expense down – even a little. For example, did we REALLY need all the channels with the satellite dish? If we cut down the gigs on our phone’s data plan, could we save money? What is we called the electric company and asked about savings plans.

It took a bit of work, and a lot of phone calls, but we were able to cut down our monthly expenses.

The next thing we did was look at other areas where we were spending money (trips to the coffee shop, ordering pizza, getting our haircut at salons…). After looking them over we were able to come up with a budget for all of these miscellaneous things.

We finally came up with a budget – one that was reasonable but also a bit flexible since there are times when “life happens” and you find yourself with an added expense.

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We’ve adopted the motto “If we don’t have the money we don’t buy it”, meaning if we don’t truly have the miscellaneous cash for something we don’t buy it until we do – even if that means giving up a great sale.

If we HAVE to buy something on credit (for example, a new dishwasher to replace the one that died) we make it a point to pay it off in full the following month (if possible) or within a few months. We never “only” pay the minimum. We pay as much off as we possibly can.

As I mentioned earlier, it’s easy to be swayed by awesome holiday deals, but don’t lose sight of your finances or financial goals.

Don’t forget to give yourself a gift – a gift of financial peace of mind. Capital One 360 is decking the halls with deals you can bank on, including new account bonuses, referral bonuses and closing cost credits.

Did you know that Capital One 360 products are designed to save consumers time and money. They also have a our mobile app. Capital One 360 is with customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

With Capital One 360 you can make deposits with the Capital One 360 CheckMate too. You can also take advantage of their Automatic Savings Plan option. Both Capital One 360 Checking and Savings are without fees and earn interest too!

Once you have finished gobbling up your Thanksgiving leftovers and make plans for shopping the Black Friday sales this weekend you should also check out the Capital One 360’s Black Friday Sale. That’s right – Capital One is having a Black Friday Sale too.

Visit the Capital One 360’s Black Friday Sale. Its a great way to give yourself financial peace of mind this holiday season and beyond.

Check out some of the deals you’ll find.

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I like the you can refer family and friends to the Capital One 360’s Black Friday Sale and if they sign up you could get a $40 referral bonus.

When shopping this holiday season please be responsible and don’t go overboard. Sticking to a budget, and taking advantage of Capital One 360’s Black Friday Sale you can set yourself up for financial success in 2015.

For more information about Capital One 360 visit their official website. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter. You can also check out the hashtag  #FinancialPeace to see what others are saying.

Do you have a budget? How do you stick to it? Are you interested in Capital One 360’s Black Friday Sale? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Are you buying your Valentine a gift? Let PromotionalCodes.com help save you $$$

 

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. It’s scary to think about that because Christmas seems like I was just yesterday. Time flies way too quickly. Sigh…

Do you have plans for Valentine’s Day? At the moment we don’t have any plans. We usually try to have dinner and a movie sometime during the month of February. Our “First Date” Anniversary is February 2nd (Groundhog’s Day). We usually combine the anniversary with Valentine’s Day.

I always like to get my hubby a little something, but it’s not always easy to find things for a guy for Valentine’s Day. Women enjoy chocolates, flowers, jewelry and a date night. It’s not as easy to buy something for Valentine’s Day for a man.

Thankfully my hubby is simple. He enjoys likes like chocolates and cookies, or even a special Valentine’s Day cake (which I plan on making him too – I have a new heart shaped pan).

Our budget is more tight than usual these days. Our mortgage went up and our monthly insurance premium went up too. Ugh! It’s more important than ever to find ways to save a few dollars here and there.

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I recently learned about a site called PromotionalCodes.com. They have thousands of online coupons and promotional codes to help save you money. They have codes for most major brands and stores including Sears, Roxio, T-Mobile, Macy’s, ProFlowers and FTD. They even have codes for brands like Nutrisystem and All Recipes, which I didn’t think there were discount codes for.

I had a couple of gift cards that I wanted to use. One was for $50 and the other for $25. They were good at 1800 Flowers, Fannie May, The Popcorn Factory, Cheryl’s and 1800 Baskets. I was in luck because PromotionalCodes.com had discount codes for all of these websites.

I know my husband LOVES cookies. He’s my own personal “cookie monster”. I don’t know how he stays so thin. He eats cookies for breakfast! I just have to look at a cookie and I gain a pound (ha ha).

Cheryl’s has yummy cookies, and I know that they would have something for Valentine’s Day. I checked with PromotionalCodes.com and found that they had a 15% off discount code. PERFECT! They had 8 different discount codes for Cheryl’s including $10 off a $60 purchase and another one for FREE shipping. I opted for the 15% off coupon.

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Cheryl’s has available a huge Valentine’s Day Cookie Assortment that I know my husband (and our kids) would enjoy. There are 48 cookies in total in yummy flavors like chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, peppermint bark and  sugar & spice.

The assortment is $59.99. The PromotionalCode.com discount code was for 15% off, which saved me $9.00. Along with my gift card the cookies cost me just over $20, which was mostly just tax and shipping.

I was very pleased with the savings. In hindsight I should have gone with the PromotionalCodes.com code for FREE shipping. I would have saved $12.99 instead of $9.00. Make sure you check out all the discount codes available for the site you want to shop from to make sure you use the best one for your purchases.

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I wanted to get my husband something else. Since he loves chocolate just as much as I do I thought I would take advantage of my $25 gift card and purchase him some of his favorite chocolate varieties from Fannie May. They have a 2 pound chocolate assortment option where you can pick out the varieties of chocolates you want. No more guessing what might come in the box, or receiving chocolates you won’t like. Since I know what kinds of chocolates my dear hubby enjoys I knew this was a great gift idea too.

PromotionalCodes.com currently has 9 discount codes for Fannie May. They have a FREE shipping code, but the one I opted to use was a 30% off discount code. Thirty percent off is HUGE.

The chocolate assortment I purchased for Valentine’s Day came to $59.99. With the 30% off discount code from PromotionalCodes.com I saved a whopping $18.00! AWESOME!!! 🙂

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Whether you are shopping for you sweetheart, or searching for the perfect birthday, anniversary or wedding gift, be sure to stop by PromotionalCodes.com and check out what discount codes they have available for the retailers you shop at the most. Whether it’s a code for FREE shipping, 30% off or another deal, it can translate into big savings.

Just by checking out the available codes at PromotionalCodes.com I was able to save $27. Imagine how much I’ll save over the cost of a year if I stopped by PromotionalCodes.com before making purchases. I’m sure it would total a lot of $$$ over the course of a year.

To check out what discount codes are available for your favorite retailers visit www.PromotionalCodes.com. Be sure to check back often because the discounts change often.

Have you tried PromotionalCodes.com before? Have you scored some great savings? I would love to hear more about it. Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I am blogging on behalf of PromotionalCodes.com and received compensation for my time and for sharing my experience. The opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way. 

Breathe Better with ARM & HAMMER™(Giveaway ends 9/5/13)

 

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I love walking in stores these days and seeing all the fall/autumn decorations. It’s a wee bit too early to think about Halloween, but I don’t mind looking at Halloween things either. I to decorate for the different holidays and seasons. In fact I have a nice assortment of NEW decorations I’ve purchased over the past few days. I have a passion for decorating.

The fall/autumn is my favorite season. I love the cool, crisp weather and knowing that holiday season is upon us (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years). There is also a downside to this time of year (and the winter months) aside from the weather – COLDS! You can get colds and the flu year round, but they are more prevalent in the colder weather months.

I don’t mind a minor cold. I can deal with the coughing and feeling “blah”. What I can’t handle is being stuffy. I hate being stuffy! Even now I wake up stuffy some mornings (which triggers a headache). Other times I wake up in the middle of the night unable to breath from one side of my nose and having to roll over to the other side so I can breathe again.

A few years ago I tried a nasal spray for the first time. Wow! What a difference that made. Not only does it help to quickly un-stuff your nose, it also helps to moisten your nose and make you breathe better and easier.

I’ve heard you can get addicted to nasal spray. For that reason I am very careful about what I let my family use. I don’t want my kids using anything that has a potential to be addicting.

ARM & HAMMER™ has a nasal spray that is not only non-addicting, but can also flush, irrigate and moisturize your nostrils. I have never come across a spray that can do all that.

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ARM & HAMMER™ sent me some of the products to try out. I received a large (giant size!) bottle of Simply Saline nasal relief spray. First and foremost the size is awesome! This is not a product where you’ll use it four or five times and be done with it. You can get A LOT of usage out of just one bottle. The amount of usage would depend on what you use the Simply Saline spray for and how often. For me, I have been using it at night before I go to bed to help moisten my nostrils and to help keep me from getting congested during the night. So far, so good. It’s been a huge help and I noticed the difference almost immediately when I started to take it.

I can’t prove it scientifically, but I do think using the spray every night before bed has helped me to get a better quality of sleep at night. I am no longer waking up in the middle of the night having to roll over to “un-stuff” myself. I like I am getting a decent night’s sleep.

Aside from using a product like ARM & HAMMER™ Simply Saline to help you breathe easier, here are a few other tips for you.

Keep your home clean.

Dust, dander and other debris can build up quickly in your home. Especially if you have multiple people and/or pets in your residence. Keeping your home clean, dusted and vacuumed will help to reduce or eliminate dust, dander and other debris which can effect your breathing.

Reduce your use of chemicals.

Some chemicals, such as the kind you might find in an air freshener, household cleaner or even a candle can release irritants into the air causing you to have breathing issues. Instead of using these kinds of products opt for more natural, non-toxic, “green” cleaners and air fresheners. Try burning soy candles instead of traditional candles too.

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Open your windows.

I have read that opening your windows EVERY DAY (even in the winter) for at least 15 minutes is a great way to rid your home of contaminated air and replace it with fresh air. It try and do this every day.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), air in most homes is up to five times more contaminated than outdoor air. Opening your windows for 15 minutes a day can help to filter out the contaminants that may be present in your home, including radon.

Air Purifiers

Not all air purifiers are made the same, so if you are considering using one in your home be sure to do your research and read reviews. We have used a few over the years. Some worked great and others were a waste of money.

Sometimes even taking a warm shower or enjoying a piping hot cup of tea can help you breath easier too. I know when I’m feeling stressed I tend to breath heavier. Sometimes all it takes is a hot cup of tea, snuggly blanket and a good movie is enough to make me feel calm and relaxed. And when you feel that way you breathe a bit easier too. 🙂

Being cognizant of the products you use in your home can help you to breathe easier too. Take for example kitty litter. If you have a cat there is no doubt you have experienced the “dust cloud” that occurs when you are replacing the litter.

We have a cat with severe asthma. She has to take an inhaler through a special mask 1-2 times per day. We have no choice but to keep dust at a minimum, especially when it comes to the kitty litter. We cannot afford for her to kick up a dust cloud every time she uses the box because it would put her at risk for an asthma attach. That is why we only use litter that produces very little dust.

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ARM & HAMMER™ Double Duty Clumping Litter is 99% dust free. There is some dust, but nothing compared to other brands we’ve tried over the years that cause a dust cloud to form when you pour it in the box, or when the cats kick it around.

It’s also a clumping litter which is a must. We won’t use anything that doesn’t clump.

ARM & HAMMER™ Double Duty Clumping Litter uses moisture activated baking soda crystals to help neutralize and destroy the odor from cat urine and/or feces. If you have cats  you know how horrible that smell can be. ARM & HAMMER™ Double Duty Clumping Litter helps to eliminate the foul odors and helps to keep your home smelling clean. Having a fresh smelling home is another way you can breath easy.

If you would like more great tips you should check out the ARM & HAMMER’s website. Not only can you find useful tips there but you can also learn more about ARM & HAMMER™ products, FAQ’s and read consumer reviews.

If you are like me you love to save money on the products you love. That is why it’s a great idea to sign up at the ARM & HAMMER Savings Center. It’s free to join and you will be able to get coupons for the ARM & HAMMER™ products that you use all the time. There you can find printable coupons on many of your favorite ARM & HAMMER™ products.

In addition you should check out ARM & HAMMER on Facebook. It’s a great way to keep up to date on new products, deals and more. Plus you can interact with other ARM & HAMMER™ fans.

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ARM & HAMMER™ would love to give a lucky reader a special ARM & HAMMER™ prize package. The prize package will include 2-3 ARM & HAMMER™ based on product availability. Some of the featured products include: ARM & HAMMER™ Sensitive toothpaste, from the makers of Orajel™, Spinbrush: ProClean Sonic, Tooth Tunes™, ARM & HAMMER™ Ultra Power 4X Liquid Laundry Detergent, ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda, ARM & HAMMER™ Simply Saline™ Nasal Relief, ARM & HAMMER™ Double Duty Clumping Litter.

In addition the winner will also receive a $100 gift card that they can use to purchase more ARM & HAMMER™ products if they choose to do so.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on September 5, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please leave a comment on this post and tell me what your favorite ARM & HAMMER™ product is.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*This post was sponsored by ARM & HAMMER™.  The opinions are my own and I was not influenced in anyway. ARM & HAMMER™ will be providing the prize package.