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Natural Ways to Relieve Insomnia

3 Natural and Easy Ways To Relieve Insomnia Starting Tonight

If you are one of the millions of people that are suffering from insomnia, then you should know that there are some things you can do to make it less of a problem. While many turn to prescription medications, they don’t always work and they can have a big impact on your health and your pocketbook. Not to worry, there are other ways to combat sleeplessness and we will look at some of the best ones in this article.

There are many causes of insomnia, with hormonal imbalance and stress being two of the biggest culprits. While the items below will help in a lot of cases, your case may be more severe. If so, then see your doctor as a prescription may be your best alternative. But, before you go that route, try these things first:

1. Loosen up – Okay, I’ll be the first to admit that this is easier said than done, but it is the first step to beating insomnia. We all have things to worry about, but you have to find a way to let those things go before bedtime. In fact, by purposely forgetting them before retiring for the evening, you may actually solve those problems while you sleep. However, if you go to bed with the intention of solving a hard problem, then your subconscious will work differently by trying to keep you awake to solve. It all sounds counter-intuitive, but you have the best chance of solving your problems by not worrying about them before bed. At the same time, it’s vital that you don’t worry about how much sleep you will or won’t get. Focusing on your insomnia is the surest way to have insomnia. The key is to do things to help you unwind, to help you shift from the cares of the day to preparing to sleep.

2. Stay healthy – Exercising too close to bedtime will only serve to make it harder to fall asleep. However, if you exercise several hours earlier, your body will be more ready to sleep. Eating well is important to your overall health, and this extends to how well sleep. The healthier you are, the better you will sleep. Also, sleeping well is part of being healthy, so you will see a difference if you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

3. Learn relaxation techniques – There are many different techniques designed to help people relax and sleep better. You can purchase audio programs that use a form of guided meditation to help you drift off into a deep and restorative sleep. You can also try the following technique on your own: As you lie in bed start at your toes and release all of the energy from them, letting them melt right into your mattress. Then move up to your feet, ankles, calves, knees, and all the way up to the top of your head. As you do this, you will be letting go of the tension you have built up over the course of your day and drifting off to sleep before you know it.

4.  All of my family has had challenges with insomnia and waking up during the night.  We started using an essential oil diffuser with To Be at Peace Youngevity Essential Oils for the kids, and for a stronger strength for the mommy and daddy – Good Night Essential Oil.  I have found that when I forget, it really effects not only getting to sleep, but how well I sleep.

 

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Choosing a Quality Essential Oil

An important thing to keep in mind when choosing an oil is the quality of the essential oil.

Only pure oils can bring forth the preferred effects on your body. Sadly most health food stores and natural cosmetic stores carry essential oil goods that have been expanded with vegetable oil or other oils called “extenders”, produced in a lab, or created from extract with similar scents. In the same way, adulterated perfume oils are also extensively available for purchase.

Synthetic or artificial oils are produced to allow the industry to churn out perfumes and cosmetics cheaply. These oils can’t be used to make natural body care, facial care, etc. In my opinion, these oils also do not have the same effect on your body as a pure essential oil does. There are a few ways you can test whether or not the oil is pure.

Testing Quality of Oil

  • Put 1-2 drops on your fingertips and rub them together. If the oil is greasy it more than likely has a vegetable oil added to stretch it.
  • Put a drop of oil on a piece of paper and wait for it to evaporate. If it leaves a grease spot then it has a vegetable oil added.
  • Smell the essential oil. If it has an alcohol smell to it then it has been altered.
  • Look at the price. Adulterated oils will be much cheaper than pure oil.  You will also find brands where all the oils are about the same price.  Trust me a frankincense  essential oil is worth a lot more than a lavender essential oil

Other things to check.  See if you can find out how the essential oils are tested.  For some, they will say “tested in house”.  Others will list different organizations/laboratories that their oils are tested at.  Like anything, the more research the better.

It’s important to make sure the oils you have chosen to use are pure essential oils. Using adulterated oils can be toxic to your body. Through much searching and studying, I have found pure oils that I absolutely love and share with my family and friends. Click here to see the oils that I use for myself and my family every day and I highly recommend to anyone.

 

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A Journey: My healthy lifestyle story starting today

This is me, this morning at a networking event – see, I am hiding in the back, as far away from the camera as possible.

 

For someone who talks about being in and saving memories, I do everything I can to avoid the camera.  I realized the other night that I was missing out on being in my kids’ lives.  Not physically.  I work from home.  Most days I either drive them to, or pick them up from school.  I take them to every swim class, dance practice, art class.  I am present.  I know the names of all their friends at school.  Am in the school 1-2 times a week for something.

But, when the kids look back on pictures of their early lives, they won’t see me.  I manage to avoid most of them.  Why, because I am embarrassed.  I am embarrassed by my weight, the fact I really don’t know what to do with makeup, and my hair, well ½ the time it is good 😉

I am a smart, capable woman.  I have years of a food science degree from University.  I know how food works and how it can affect so many things in our lives.  Yet, I ignore all my own training and knowledge and do “my own thing”.

Well, that stops – 4 days ago.  I represent a lifestyle company.  A company built on nutrition, health and wellness.  I have had a number of their products sitting on my selves too long.  I have watched 2 women I admire change their lives over the last year – but that is it, I have watched.  NO MORE!

So, I am declaring it to the universe – it is time for a chance.  I turn 43 next week.  I will not hit 44 and be in this condition.  I will be in my life.

 

So, I don’t want to do shakes and bars on a regular basis.  They work, and I have done them in the past, but I don’t want to do them this time.  So, this is what I am doing.

 

  1. Counting calories…. Yep, good old fashion normal counting calories.  I have an app, and everything I put in my mouth goes in there
  2. I am taking supplements. One of the reasons we over eat is because the food we do eat just simply does not have enough nutrients for our body, and our body NEED those to work.  So, in order to be honest and authentic, I am doing the 90 for Life program that Youngevity is built on.
  3. I am adding a Metabolize and Fat Burner… I need to get my body up and going again.
  4. I am taking EXTRA EFA (essential Fatty acids). I have a heart condition, a tiny little hole in the upper chamber of my heart, so I need to help my blood FLOW nicely J

 

Here is what I am not doing – I am not giving up my tea – but I am going to use ¼ the sugar I normally would.  I know people say “use stevia” well, I can’t stand the taste … but I will also cut down on the number of cups of tea a day – to 3! That is about ½.  And guess what, if I want a little cookie or treat, I am going to do that too!!!

I would love to hear words of support along my journey… you can find me at http://www.facebook.com/hope.hanson.baker  but only love J

 

Planners, planning, and plans: A review of the new Anthology Planner

Planners are very important books in so many of our lives.

I say books, but there are just so many different ways to keep track of life now.  You can use a phone hooked up to the cloud sharing with your computer, tablet and every other electronic device you own.  You can use pieces of paper from your kid’s school, that maybe aren’t the best choice, but you know where to find them.  Or you can use a traditional planner.

One of the reasons that I love a traditional planner is that I like to make lists, lists about things to do, to get, to make.  I need to be able to put my stickies somewhere, or my entire desk would look like a patchwork of chaos! Also, as a goal setter, it is proven that writing your goals down are better ways to visualize them happening.  So I use stickies and sharpies in my planners to make sure that I see them regularly.  And finding the best planner for my networking marketing business is hard.

I remember just a few years ago, the only option you had was the basic day-timer from the office supply store.  It was sturdy, did its job and everyone was happy, but were they?  In the last 3 or 4 years more and more pretty planners have come onto the market.  From Erin Condren, Plum Paper, Heidi Swapp, My Big Ideas, it seems that everyone has a planner now-a-days.  And all have great parts about them.  I have bought many many of them, and have currently been using one from Blue Sky.  And while it works, it isn’t perfect.

So, when this baby hit the market on December 1st, I was super excited.  Have a quick watch

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Lisa Bearnson is the creative mind behind Anthology, and does a beautiful job creating beautiful items, and this one is no exception.  The price point is amazing.  ($39US/$52CND)  And what you get with it is absolutely mind blowingplanner, anthology, daytimer,

• Faux Leather Album (6” x 8”)

• 12 Month Dividers • 12 Page Protectors • 96 Pages

• Calendar/Event Stickers

• Changeable Date Stamp

• Glitter Tape

• Designer Pencils

• Designer Eraser

• Decorative Clips

Things I love about this planner:  I love how easy it is to use.  It comes undated, so you can start whatever month you want.  But you have the pretty date stamp to fill in the dates.  I love the size of the planner.  It is substantial enough to feel like it isn’t going to get lost, but small enough to take it with you.  I LOVE that I can add and move pages around.  (see below for a great offer).

What I don’t love – the amount of space on weekends – but that is just me.  Some weekends feel super busy for me, so I need a bit more space.  But there are stickies for that.

In the world of planning, this is a great addition to the marketplace, and I am personally hoping to see the line expand.

If you would like to purchase one of these awesome, you need to have this pretty – buy now!!! – IF you are US Customer – buy here! 

PS – For every $75 you purchase, you can receive an additional item for 50% off!

PPS – anyone who purchases a planner from me in December 2016, will receive a complimentary download to print and use.  A choice between a “mom’s on the go” kit or a “direct sellers business on the go kit”.  Both have 10 great sheets to use with your planner!

So exciting to get 2017 off to a great start.  Keep in touch and I will be sharing other tips to wrap up 2016 and make 2017 awesome!

 

Busy Mom’s Guide to the little ELF: Holiday Special

Simple set ups for that Elf on your Shelf

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I don’t know about you, but the first year I did the Elf thing, I was super excited about it, for the first 3-4 days… then after that, my enthusiasm started to disappear a bit.  Now, I almost dread elf day.

So, in order to help out all the other moms in the world who’s children love the elves, here are some simple ideas to get your elf going for the next 24 days.

Day 1 – Arrival Day, our elves (yes, we have 2 because I couldn’t find the first one last year and ended up having to buy another one).  The elves arrive with a note from Santa and the kids’ advent (chocolate calendars).  I usually just have the elves “hanging out” somewhere close by.

I also made my elve’s poseable this year. Check out this blog post which will help!

  1. Hanging from somewhere on the Christmas tree (upgrade, tp’ing the Christmas Tree)
  2. Sitting inside the fridge all wrapped up (make sure it isn’t something that you are going to need that day)
  3. Hanging in the fruit bowl (mine eat a LOT of bananas)
  4. Get a cheap little pot from the dollar store and label it candy cane plant, have the elf sitting in it.
  5. If you have your stocking up early, hang out (feet up) in there
  6. Playing a game with another toy
  7. Wrapped up with spare wrapping paper or ribbon
  8. Do you have a nativity set or miniature village, mine likes to “move” those pieces around the house
  9. Taped to the wall in various places using washi tape
  10. Some people do the snow angels in the sugar candy – good for you, I hate elf clean up
  11. Using a dry erase marker to make mustaches on the family portraits
  12. Fishing for the dog (cat) need a small stick, some string and a pet treat
  13. Hanging out in a bowl/sink with a ton of white marshmallows and a Barbie/super hero
  14. Having a shopkin party (I don’t know about you, but I think we have about 100 of these little things in the house, I am going to bury the elf under the shopkins
  15. Do you have a doll house? Have them move all the furniture in the wrong rooms
  16. Reading a book to a bunch of other toys
  17. Zip lining or hanging down from a tall piece of furniture (ribbon and pins may be required)
  18. Having a nap in a tissue box
  19. Stuffed in a wine glass (preferably clean, but if it is getting near the end of elf time, you may need to at least rinse it out)
  20. Ice fishing in the freezer (attach an ice cube to a string
  21. The “Day off” have a note from the big guy that your elf had too much hot chocolate last night and needs a day off to recover, but will be back tomorrow
  22. Do you have a scrabble or other letter game. You can leave words around the house that they
  23. I work from home, so one day that is going to be “family only” day, I am going to washi my laptop SHUT so that I can’t work (Now that is going to be hard!)
  24. Now, leave a bunch of candy canes in your candy cane plant! (see #4)

And finally, your good-bye letter

Want copies of the welcome and good-bye letter – join us on our Elf on the Shelf Facebook support group

And a few more ideas because I am on a roll

  • Hersey’s kisses make great elf droppings
  • Use the Naughty nice cards (found on our facebook support group)
  • Depending on your family traditions, your elf could bring your child’s new pjs for Christmas Eve
  • My kids always get a new chirstmas book sometime in December, so the elf will be on the book shelf with that
  • Take an sELFie with your child while they are sleeping and show them the picture in the morning
  • Make a snow man using different sizes of marshmallows and food writeable markers
  • Have a snowball fit with another toy and mini marshmallows
  • Elf eats too many cookies one night and has a tummy ache (cookie crums required) – elf could take the next day off as a recovery day
  • Elf writes something on the bathroom mirror in toothpaste (messy clean up)

So, I recommend having an “elf” kit tucked away

  • Marshmallows of different sizes
  • Fishing line
  • Dollar store ribbon
  • Washi tape
  • Candy/candy canes
  • Scrable or other letter game handy
  • Tape
  • Special elf wrapping paper

So, I hope this helps you – you can follow my Instagram in December to see what my crazy elves are up to.

I have a pinterest board of some ideas

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Politics and Business, when can they mix?

Is it ok to mix business and politics?

With the US election heating up and only a few weeks away, I have seen a LOT of posts for both supporting and criticizing the different candidates.

Now, here is the thing, I have seen a lot on both sides (or multiple sides if you throw in independents, or here in Canada).  And the problem is that about half of the people seeing your posts on social media agree with you and about half don’t.  And the more passionate you are, the happier, or more frustrated you are going to make those people.

In the last 3 days, I have personally unfollowed about a dozen people.  Some I have agreed with their views – others not so much – but it isn’t about their beliefs, but their overwhelming passion on social media is causing lots of positive and negative “drama” in their feed.  No matter who you are supporting, there is always that one friend who totally disagrees with you, and they feel that they should explain to the entire world why you are wrong.  This devalues your ideals.  And honestly, can effect your social media persona.

Recently, there was a speaker at one of the political conventions that spoke on behalf of the candidate.  The speaker was obviously nervous in front of the overwhelming large group of delegates and the national media.  They stumbled on their words, and while did a ok job, may not have been happy with their performance.  The issue came from the caption that placed with their title – it said “Vice President, Marketing” and the company name.  So, here is the issue – anyone watching that presentation who is outside of the direct sales world, would not understand that the speaker was an independent consultant – as the title listed Vice President.  They now believe that this person may (or may not) speak for the corporation as a whole.  And in fact that is exactly what happened.  There was a huge “hubbub” on Facebook that XYZ company would support such a candidate, and validated some peoples feelings about the organization, and disillusioned others.  When in actual fact, the company does not support either candidate.  The individuals of that company likely support someone, but they have been responsible and not publicized it.

My firm belief is that politics should never be mixed in business, and if you are an independent representative with a company and use social media as a way of promoting your business, politics should be left away from that too.  You may need to find another outlet for your politics and passion, but you don’t want to turn away potential customers or business partners because of your views. Because once a person unfollows up, they are not likely to return.

Just my two cents! If you want to follow my un-politicial facebook page – please join me!

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