Staying hydrated in the summer!

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Staying hydrated in the summer

Let’s talk about hydration. It’s essential for every single day of the year, but it is even more important during the hot summer months! Not only is the heat intensified, but (for me) the summer tends to be filled with activities. It is so easy to get caught up in your day and you forget to fuel yourself and treat your body kindly by providing it with hydration. So – staying hydrated in the summer – how do you do it? I’m taking action thanks to CVS pharmacy!

Staying hydrated in the summer

Do you keep track of the amount of water you drink every day? I do! I know it sounds somewhat nerdy, but the benefits of being fully hydrated are too great to cheat yourself on. I try my very best to get at least 8 8-ounce servings of water throughout the day, and most days I actually go above and beyond! However, it can be difficult to keep a tally on certain days when my schedule has me in the house, out at the studio, running errands, and more. So, getting a tracking system involved is essential!

Let’s talk about a daily routine for optimal hydration (at least, in my house). Here are some of my best tips for getting your daily fill (and make sure you check out more HERE)!

Start early. I start my day with a serving of water. Yes – right when I wake up! It kick starts my day, and prepares my body for my morning workout. I continue to drink water throughout my class, and then make sure I down at least another serving afterward! Sometimes it’s a good idea to drink a sports drink that will help replace electrolytes post-workout (which is where vitaminwater comes in handy). And do you know what’s convenient? There just so happens to be a CVS pharmacy in the same plaza as my Pure Barre studio, so I can literally walk around the corner to pick up my daily hydration before or after class! I can stock up on smartwater, vitaminwater, Honest Tea, and Gold Peak with a promotion CVS  pharmacy is currently running – 4 for $5, plus $2 of ExtraBucks. Oh yes!

Staying hydrated in the summer

Maintain hydration throughout the day. Don’t wait until you are feeling thirsty to drink up – at that point you are already dehydrated. Drinking continuously throughout the day will make sure your body is fully energized. Sip continuously as the hours pass. Pretty soon it will become a habit, and you will have no problem consuming the recommended amount each day!

Staying hydrated in the summer

Label your servings. If you think you won’t remember how many servings you’ve consumed, lay it out for yourself so it’s a no-brainer! Pick up a set of fun sticker labels to help with the process. I was able to find these fun patterned ones, but you can simply go to the office supply section of CVS pharmacy and pick up the solid colorful labels (like you may use when you have a garage sale to label items) instead. All you need is a permanent marker or pen to number each label. For me, I determined I need to consume four different bottles of smartwater or vitaminwater in order to stay fully hydrated throughout my active summer day. I labeled my bottles 1-4, in the order I expected to drink them in. To start my day: smartwater. Then, after my workout: vitaminwater to gain electrolytes. For the rest of the day, back to smartwater.

Staying hydrated in the summer

Staying hydrated in the summer

If labels aren’t up your alley, there is another simple office supply you can use to keep track of your hydration intake: rubber bands! You can place two bands on each bottle of smartwater or vitaminwater (depending on the size of the container). If you are like me and are constantly carrying a reusable bottle with you throughout the day, as you fill it you transfer the rubber bands onto the reusable bottle. By the end of the day, you should have 8 bands on your bottle! You could also just transfer them to your wrist or somewhere else if you don’t use a reusable bottle as well – whatever works for you!

Staying hydrated in the summer

Staying hydrated in the summer

Thankfully, staying hydrated in the summer is really simple thanks to CVS pharmacy. You can pick up your daily dose of hydration there (just like I did), and use your CVS ExtraCare card for extra savings. You can purchase 4 smartwater, vitaminwater, Gold Peak, and Honest Tea (any combination) for $5 and receive $2 off your next visit to CVS pharmacy via ExtraBucks. It’s a no-braniner to pick up one of the ExtraCare cards for the savings – I’ll take them (deal valid from 6/18-7/25)! If you don’t already have a card, you can easily sign up for a CVS ExtraCare card, and the best part is, it’s free!

CVS

Do you have any tips for staying hydrated through the summer months? Be sure to check out all of the ideas on the #Hydrationtogo social hub – which is your favorite?

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

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Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

Oh, the smell of spring: it’s in the air!!! One of my favorite things about this wonderful season is the fresh scent that comes with it. From flowers, to the scent of a clean house after I go through a huge round of spring cleaning, it’s just a great time of the year for my nose! In honor of the spring season and my love of flowers, I am sharing some easy DIY gold flowerpots with you today.

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

I love when I can take a few simple products and transform them into something even better. To celebrate spring, I thought it would be a great idea to spruce up our screened in porch with some flowers! I got inspired when I spotted some simple self watering flowerpots: they were the perfect size to create a centerpiece for our outdoor seating space, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the color options available. Thankfully, there was an easy (and pretty!) fix for that! Can you guess what it was? Spray paint, that’s what! My answer to many decorating situations.

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

I picked up three small flowerpots, then set them outside on top of newspaper in a well ventilated area. Next, I got to spraying! It only took a light coat of gold metallic spray paint to cover the outside of the pots. Once I allowed them to dry, I flipped the pots over and sprayed around the inside edges as well. After all of the paint was completely dry, it was time to add flowers!

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

It just so happened that some pretty pink begonias stood out to me. Because our screened in porch area is covered and doesn’t receive full sunlight throughout the day, the begonias were a good choice (they like shade)! I simply popped the plants into their new gold flowerpots, along with a little extra soil and some fertilizer. Easy and simple: they were ready to go in minutes!

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

Now, they are happily displayed on our porch area, brightening up the area and making me think of spring every time I look at them.

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

So, let’s talk about scent. It’s true: scent is a powerful thing. It has the ability to bring up memories, to change your mood, and more. Florals are a favorite of mine. Isn’t it wonderful when you find yourself walking by a flowering plant or tree and you absolutely HAVE to stop and inhale? Oh nature, how I love you! I find myself using floral scents in my body care products, in my cleaning products, my air fresheners, and especially my laundry! To enhance the fantastic florals, I’ve picked up Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™. They are in-wash scent boosters that give cloth a fresh aroma for weeks. So, even days after you’ve tumbled, folded, and put away your laundry you can continue to enjoy that freshly laundered floral scent! The scent lasts FIVE times longer than your everyday laundry scent. So, if you’re like me and enjoy holding up a fresh towel to your nose to inhale that wonderful floral aroma, this is a product for you!

Suavitel

The Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ are available in two scents: Fabulous Field Flowers and Soothing Lavender. They are great to pair with Suavitel® liquid fabric conditioner and fabric detergent. You simply throw a little (or a lot) of the fragrance pearls into the washing machine at the beginning of the cycle and lit them work their magic! I was able to locate my Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ and fabric conditioner at Walmart in the household cleaning area along with the fabric softeners. I like that they are also compatible with high efficiency washing machines: we have one in our laundry room, so I am always very careful to make sure my products are safe to use!

There will be Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ samples on select Suavitel® liquid fabric conditioners in Walmart stores, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for them!

I’m curious: what scents inspire you? Have you been inspired to create a project based on a scent you love? Be sure to check out more information about the Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ at Walmart!

DIY Garbage Disposal Refreshers

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DIY Garbage Disposal Refreshers

Did you know April is Earth Month? As a matter of fact, Earth Day is coming up on Wednesday, April 22nd this week! Do you know how you will celebrate? To be honest, I am working to make every day an Earth Day in my home, starting with the DIY garbage disposal refreshers I have to share today, along with some awesome Tom’s of Maine goodies!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve recently taken notice of how many different cleaning products and chemicals I have stored in my home. For some reason I had never been concerned with it in the past, but lately I have taken note of how much I’m exposing myself, my family, and my pets to. There has to be a simpler solution. So, my quest has begun to create my own cleaning products and other household products.

DIY Garbage Disposal Refreshers

The thing is, making natural cleaning products for your house isn’t complicated. You only need a few simple items to put together cleaners for your counters, appliances, floors, and more. Today, I’m tackling the garbage disposal. Do you have a go-to method for cleaning and making your garbage disposal smell fresh? The most common solution I’ve seen people suggest is throwing citrus peels down the disposal and grinding them up. I’ll admit: I used to do that. The fresh citrus smell that comes up after throwing a lime rind in the sink is always great. However – let me warn you against doing the same thing! I used to do this all the time, and then one day I noticed my sink was draining really slow. I couldn’t figure out what was happening, until I peeked down the drain into the disposal….and saw what was probably 50 different lemon and lime peels in a huge pile up. Then I had to spend 20+ minutes carefully fishing all of the rinds out of the sink and disposing of them in the trash. Every time I threw a peel down the disposal and THOUGHT I was grinding it up, I was getting that lovely smell, but clearly the rind wasn’t able to be fully pulverized. Never again. NEVERRRR again! I am careful to dispose of my rinds in my composter (also another eco-friendly option we have at our home!) rather than down the drain now.

So, how about another all natural option, with only 4 simple ingredients? I’m all over it. These DIY garbage disposal refreshers only took me a few minutes to whip up, and pretty much all of the ingredients could be found at the dollar store: score! I highly recommend you create a batch for yourself. You can store them in a sealed jar or container and simply pop one or two of them in the disposal as needed to clean and deodorize!

DIY Garbage Disposal Refreshers

DIY Garbage Disposal Refreshers
 
These simple to make garbage disposal refreshers will both deodorize and keep your sink smelling fresh!
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup salt
  • Juice from 1 lemon (and grated rind - optional)
  • 2-3 tablespoons water
Instructions
  1. First, add the baking soda and salt to a bowl and mix to combine.
  2. Slowly stir in the lemon juice and water to mix. If you are using the rind of the lemon, use a microplane grater to remove the zest from the lemon and add to the mixture. Stir well to combine: the mixture should be like wet sand. You can add more or less water into the mixture depending on the consistency.
  3. Use a small cookie scoop or rounded teaspoon to drop rounds of the mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Allow refreshers 24 hours or more to dry. Then, remove from the baking sheet and place in a sealed container to store.

Tom's of Maine

Now, let’s talk hygiene products. That is another area where I want to reduce the amount of chemicals in my life as well. It just so happens that there is a brand who can help me (and you!) out in that department: Tom’s of Maine.

Tom's of Maine

I recently picked up an assortment of their products: Antiplaque & Whitening Peppermint Fluoride Free Toothpaste, Whole Care® Peppermint and Spearmint Fluoride Toothpaste, and Unisex Long Lasting Apricot Deodorant. They even have children’s products for you to consider, like Tom’s of Maine Silly Strawberry™ Fluoride Toothpaste – how fun for your little ones! What I really like about these products is that they are made with no artificial colors, flavors, fragrances, or preservatives, which is great for the Earth, and great for your body as well! I was able to easily acquire my toothpaste and deodorant at Walmart. And lucky for you, you can click HERE to get $1.00 off any Tom’s of Maine product purchase at Walmart. Score!

So, I want to know: how are you creating Earth friendly items to use in your home?

 

A DIY Lamp Makeover to Rest Easy with GE Align™ PM LED Light Bulbs

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DIY Lamp Makeover

I don’t know about you, but I consider my bedroom to be a sanctuary of sorts. It is a place to relax, to unwind, and to rest my head at night after a long day. Therefore, creating a peaceful mood is essential. Over the past two years living in our house, we have undergone a bit of a bedroom transformation, but there is still more work to be done. I am always finding new items to add in to the decor, organizational items to keep things in line, and I am constantly thinking of new DIY projects to conquer. That brings me to today’s project: a DIY lamp makeover!

DIY Lamp Makeover

Our bedroom dresser pretty much serves as our nightstand at the moment. I really did enjoy the lamp we had on the dresser, but it was missing a bit of pizzazz. The silver lamp in place was perfectly fine, but I wanted to take things up a notch, and it happened to come in the form of an old lamp.

DIY Lamp Makeover

When I managed to get my hands on this horse head lamp, I was SO excited to make it over into something spectacular for our bedroom. At first glance, it wasn’t flashy enough (or the right color) for our bedroom. But I knew just what to do. A quick trip to the store to obtain a can of glossy spray paint was pretty much all it took.

DIY Lamp Makeover

I started by prepping the lamp by cleaning it off gently with a damp rag. I let it dry, then used painter’s tape to cover the top of the lamp (where you screw in the light bulb), as well as the cord. After thoroughly shaking the spray paint can according to the directions included, it was time to spray! I went outside (a well ventilated area) and began spraying to cover the brown lamp to transform it into a beautiful, glossy sea foam green. As I was applying the paint, I just KNEW how awesome it was going to look. Spray paint: it’s magical.

DIY Lamp Makeover

Once the paint was dry (about an hour), it was time to put the lamp together and place it in its new home! I picked up a brand new lampshade that I knew would look great. A nice, bright white shade with geometric folds was a great contrast to the look of the lamp.

DIY Lamp Makeover

Oh my goodness: what a difference! I could not be happier with how well this little DIY project turned out, and how it has transformed our bedroom into a fun yet tranquil space. It is just what we needed.

DIY Lamp Makeover

DIY Lamp Makeover

Next step: the new GE Align™ PM LED Light Bulb! I have been particularly excited about this item. These bulbs help promote the body’s natural sleep cycle, which is a great thing when it comes to creating a peaceful environment in the bedroom. It is engineered to reduce blue light (versus an ordinary light bulb); if you use the light 30 minutes before bedtime it can help your body maintain its natural sleep-wake cycle. The GE Align™ PM LED Light Bulbs don’t impede melatonin production. I don’t know about you, but anything that will help me to get rested is a wonderful creation! I am no longer in my early 20s and able to be a night owl and an early morning riser, after all. My sleep cycles have been all over the place in the past year or so; I find myself waking multiple times a night, which is never fun! Being able to achieve natural sleep is a huge accomplishment. The bulb creates a very warm yellow/orange color, which is great right before bedtime since it is reminiscent of candlelight and campfires. It’s even better that I can acquire these bulbs from Amazon, which makes life extremely easy! The bulbs were delivered to my door in an extremely prompt fashion, and the ordering process only required a few easy clicks. Currently the GE Align™ PM LED Light Bulbs are only available on Amazon.com, so make sure you check there for them!

Amazon GE Light Bulb

I also want to mention that there are GE Align AM light bulbs as well, which are great to add to your bathroom or in the kitchen to help with the wake cycle in the mornings – cool! They can also be found on Amazon.com.

Have you remade a lamp in your house before? What did you create?

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