Why I Love #NuCulture Probiotics – It’s a Gut Feeling!

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This post was made possible by iConnect and AlternaScript. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

In life, it’s all about balance — whether we are balancing family and work, balancing mind body and spirit, balancing in the yoga tree pose or balancing our digestive systems.

Our gut is a delicate balance of microorganisms that can be out of balance due to diet, stress, environment and medication. This balance affects our health, mood, and quality of life.

While most of these microorganisms are helpful, when the bad bacteria outnumber the good, we can get unwanted side effects including decreased energy, bloating and digestive issues.

This is where Probiotics or friendly bacteria fit in. To help rebalance the digestive system, supplements like NuCulture by Alternascript reintroduce specific bacteria strains into your gut to crowd out the problematic ones. NuCulture is the new kid on the block, launched on June 6th, 2016. NuCulture also contains prebiotics which are food for the probiotics.

NuCulture is the probiotic of the future, containing 5 probiotic strains, extensively studied clinically and formulated to effective amounts of colony forming units (CFU) per dose. It combines its probiotic strains with powerful prebiotic strains in a patented, delayed-release capsule. Unlike some others, NuCulture survives passing through the acidic environment of the stomach and arrives intact in your GI tract to optimize its effectiveness.

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Recent research has called the gut the “second brain” because it houses over 100 million neurons, more than is found in your spinal cord! These neurons influence neural, immune and endocrine function. In fact, there are over 30 neurotransmitters found in your gut as well. I find that utterly fascinating. No wonder when my stomach is upset, I’m upset! It really casts a pall over all my activities and influences my mood.

I recently tried NuCulture for a few weeks. I am a big proponent of Probiotics and have been for over 10 years. They are a major part of my wellness routine.

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The NuCulture capsules are small and easy to swallow. You only need one a day. My experience has been very pleasant. No digestive issues and my tummy which occasionally has a tendency to bloat has been quiet and flat (which is great for summer especially). My energy is consistent throughout the day without any sugar cravings or major ebbs, and I feel a sense of balance overall.  I’ve had no sinus issues and my immune system is strong.

Now, of course, I can’t attribute all of this to NuCulture, but, I do believe that the gut influences the entire ecosystem of the bodymind. I also believe that the occasional digestive issues I’d been having are now calm.

I’m really glad that Probiotics have become so popular. I’ve studied holistic health for many years and was always suggesting them to family and friends, especially when they were taking antibiotics or had stomach issues, gas or nausea.

What I find particularly wonderful about Alternascript, the healthcare company behind NuCulture is their genuine care for the customer. In May 2013, Lucas Siegel and Matthew Piskorz founded the company with one simple purpose: “to specifically design products that actually work and are accessible to everyone.” Lucas and Matthew wanted a change from often overpriced supplements that didn’t work, so they found an alternative — an AlternaScript.

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So, would you like to try NuCulture for yourself? NuCulture, along with all AlternaScript products, can only be purchased through a subscription through the AlternaScript website. They do also offer free trials of their products. You can check it out here.

Probiotics are found in yogurt, sauerkraut,  miso soup, kefir and other foods, so you are not introducing anything foreign into your body with Probiotic supplements. They enhance and support the beneficial bacteria that line your digestive system and improve the absorption of essential nutrients in foods optimizing overall health.

I have had no side effects from taking Probiotics, except energy and calm. I love Probiotics and, if I could, I’d shout it to the world.

It’s a gut feeling!

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So, how do you keep your gut healthy and happy?

 

  • These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
  • Results may vary. Although this product helped me with my digestive system and overall stress, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

Living Inspired with #PampersDreams – and Two Giveaways!

This post and giveaway were made possible by iConnect and Pampers. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

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Dreams begin with a good night’s sleep. Whether it’s your little one or yourself, rest rejuvenates and allows imaginations to flourish! This is one of the main reasons we love Pampers products. They’re designed to help your baby sleep comfortably, offering up to 12 hours of overnight protection. A good night’s sleep for your child allows baby, mom and dad to wake well-rested and ready to take on the world.

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This summer, Pampers is thrilled to partner with Mom and competitive swimmer, Dana Vollmer, for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, her first Olympics since giving birth to her son, Arlen, last March. You can follow her family’s journey along with Pampers on their social channels during the Rio 2016 competitions (#PampersDreams) .

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We all need nurturing and support to pursue our hopes and turn them into reality. Love and encouragement from her family led Dana back to the pool. She was committed to getting back in the game after becoming a mom, so that her new son, Arlen, would grow up realizing the importance of hard work. Seeing his mom achieve her dreams as a competitive swimmer would hopefully ignite his own passions!

Dana’s journey to Rio will be shared with all of us! Her goal of winning gold at this year’s Olympics is not just her dream – it’s the dream of her entire family.

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I also want to share a wonderful contest with you sponsored by Pampers:

#PampersDreams Instagram Contest Details

The #PampersDreams Instagram Contest will take place from June 20th to June 30th 

The winner will receive a $400 AMEX gift card!

Rules:

  1. Post a picture of your little one sleeping and caption it with a big dream that either they have or that you have for them using #PampersDreams
  2. Follow Pampers on Instagram

More good news!

Here on Strange Daze Indeed, we are also hosting a giveaway sponsored by Pampers!
The winner will receive a #PampersDreams prize package which will include:

A $50 Babies R Us Gift Card and Pampers Diapers in your choice of size

Simply enter via Giveaway Tools Below

Win $100 Paypal Cash or Amazon Gift Card – Fresh Steps Book Blast!

 

Fresh Starts

Fresh Starts by Kimberly Krey

We all know life isn’t easy and Bree has had her fair share of difficulties. Among them, the loss of her parents, a not-so-recent divorce, and the disruption of her life caused by a stalker now who’s serving jail time. When the determined criminal finishes his sentence, Bree is sent into hiding. And while she’s doing all she can to steer clear of this frightening piece of her past, an old acquaintance enters the scene, determined to be part of her future.

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Praise for Fresh Starts:
“Fascinating characters, heartwarming and steamy romance, and chilling suspense make for one incredible read!” Reviewer, Ruth Josse

“…all that you hope for in a gentle tug and pull of fearing the past and daring to hope for a better future. Kimberly Krey is masterful at helping us feel Bree’s experience… Fresh Starts will keep you reading page after page until the heart stopping culmination.” Author Christene Houston

 

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Kimberly Krey specializes in writing “romance that’s clean without losing the steam!”
She’s a reader of romance,  lover of family time and Diet Coke, and the ultimate hater of laundry. She discovered her love for writing in college when given a creative writing assignment. She still remembers sitting in the lamplight’s glow, crafting words to depict the vision in her head. That assignment sparked a passion within her. It took years to return to that passion, but now that she has, she counts it among her greatest blessings.

Krey is author of the top-selling Sweet Montana Bride series, as well as its companion series, Second Chances.

 

 

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Sale on Beautiful Himalayan Salt Lamps!

 

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If you know me, you know I’m all about health and wellness, so I’ve decided to try a Himalayan Salt Lamp. Not only are they beautiful and natural, but they help purify the air as well.

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The Himalayan Salt Shop proudly offers a truly unique health and wellness product. Himalayan Salt Lamps have been popular in Europe for decades, but have only recently become known in the United States. These all-natural air purifiers, made of pristine pink Himalayan salt crystal, help clean the air in your home while also serving as a stunning, glowing home decor piece surely to strike up conversation. Visit www.HimalayanSaltshop.com to learn more.

Check out these unique and natural products! Go to www.HimalayanSaltShop.com and use code USFAMILY for 20% off. #himalayansalt

I will receive a complimentary Himalayan Salt Lamp for review. All opinions are my own.

Save Up to $200 off Digital Media Academy Summer Camps!

 

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From California to New York, Digital Media Academy tech summer camps are filling up faster than ever! Don’t miss out on the summer experience of a lifetime.

Now is the time to save BIG on the perfect summer camps!

Find discount codes at http://dig.ma/promo to start saving at select locations near you!

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At DMA, kids (ages 6-12) and teens (ages 12-17) learn computer programming, app development, 3D modeling, robotics, graphic design, filmmaking, and much more!

Choose from one week DMA Camps, or step it up with two week DMA Academies, all taught by industry experts and tech professionals.

 

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Campers get hands-on experience creating projects using the latest hardware and software from Apple, Canon, Adobe, and more.

Digital Media Academy also offers STEM camps just for girls, called Made by Girls! Learn from a female role model and tech professional in an environment of creative girls just like you!
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Hurry, save up to $200 with discount codes found here.
See you this summer at Digital Media Academy! #CreateTheNext

Find your summer camp discount codes at http://dig.ma/promo !

Questions? Call 1(866)656-3342 or email info@digitalmediaacademy.org.

Sweet Relief with Cush Comfort Back Cushion

 

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I can still remember the day I slipped and fell on my tailbone because it was so unbelievably painful! I was living in California at the time and entering the hallway of my apartment building carrying two full bags of groceries. It was raining heavily out and people going in and out had made the floor slippery. Ouch!

Though I’ve since healed, I still have residual pain if I’m sitting for too long and, as a writer, I am so often sitting! This pain is exacerbated by fibromyalgia and lower back pain, so I’ve been seeking a solution for years.

Humans were not meant to sit all day long. Sitting for long periods of time can cut off circulation and pinch nerves in your butt and legs causing pain, numbness, and even long term tissue damage over time.

So what can you do?

Well, you can stop and take breaks. Make sure to walk around. But, if, like me, you do need to sit to work or drive for long periods of time, then you might want to try what I’ve been using.

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I love my home office chair with my new Cush Comfort Cushion!

I was able to find the Cush Comfort cushion on Amazon and I’m now one of its biggest fans. The Cush Cushion has high performance memory foam technology that responds to the heat from your body and forms itself into the shape of your butt. This process helps eliminate the point pressure normally associated with sitting. Instead you have fully distributed support that keeps you comfortable, even when sitting for hours.

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I find that my posture is straighter and that my lower back is supported. No slumping and my mood is improved! It’s really amazing to me that something so simple can do so much for a problem I’ve had for years. All I can say is Ahhhhhhhh. Sweet relief!

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You can find more helpful information at Cushrelief.com.

You can buy the Cush Comfort cushion on Amazon or at CushComfort.com.

Special Promo Code for Our Readers:  Use clubcush to receive 10% off Cush Cushion at CushComfort.com.

Fun New Educational Apps for your Kids Inspire Creative Play! Introducing #DumbWaysJR

This post is sponsored by Dumb Ways JR and The Motherhood, but all opinions herein are mine.

Open-ended play allows our children to discover, to wander, to dream! It is the doorway to the imagination. We can provide the foundation, but also leave the windows open.

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Dumb Ways to Die began in 2012 as a public service announcement by Metro Trains in Australia. It was a campaign designed to promote railroad safety, and safety in general. Its inspiration is that people often pay more attention when learning is presented in fun, unique and interesting ways. The PSA video with its insanely catchy theme song soon became an internet sensation through social media and sharing.  Since then, Metro Trains Melbourne’s Dumb Ways to Die apps have celebrated a combined 200 million downloads!

Kids and adults alike have taken to the Dumb Ways characters, but, before they grew up, these silly guys were already making mischief in all sorts of places – in kitchens, planes, trains and more!

Check out Dumb Ways JR!

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Dumb Ways JR is a brand-new educational platform for younger kids, aged 3-7 (though older kids love it too!). Recently released, now you can be one of the first families to explore the new apps which are similar to those for older kids but without any gore.

Two new Dumb Ways JR apps are currently available on Apple and Android devices.

Dumb Ways JR Boffo’s Breakfast focuses on teaching young kids about safety while cooking and encourages creativity and role-play fun. In this game, Boffo’s hungry and you’re the chef so it’s time to make him breakfast! Our 6-year old loved cooking up some delicious and not so yummy creations and watching Boffo’s reaction, from smiles and claps to grimaces when he ate a plate full of fish and toothpaste! The open-ended play gave her the chance to experiment and learn and the music kept her entertained while she waited with me for a doctor’s appointment.

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This game is wonderful for so many reasons! It fans the fires of your children’s imagination without being too complicated. Kids interact with the game by tapping, stirring, mixing and swiping. This really allows their own creativity to grow and flourish as they create endless food mash-ups for their silly hungry new friend. It also subtly reinforces the lessons we teach them in our own kitchens, such as how to stay safe and not get burned.

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Boffo’s face when the stove is turned up too high!

The second app we downloaded was Dumb Ways JR Loopy’s Train Set which was my daughter’s second favorite.

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This game has two modes – Drive and Build – with three different levels in each mode, making it great for both younger and older kids. With the same adorable characters, it allows kids and families to explore how trains work, creating their own narratives as they help passengers board and exit the train. In Build mode, the children create their own tracks and can add houses, trees and animals. My daughter loved the train whistle. In fact, all the animations and sound effects are wonderful.

Both games have a For Parents button which is very helpful and insightful and both re-inforce the message of safety in a fun and engaging way.

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There are also two more adventures coming from Dumb Ways JR, so be on the lookout! I would tell you more, but, I don’t want to spill the beans. Besides, then, someone might trip on them. 😀

Why not download the apps now. They’re ad-free and inexpensive with no in-app purchases.

Download Dumb Ways JR Boffo’s Breakfast: On The Apple Store and Google Play

Download Dumb Ways JR Loopy’s Train Set: On The Apple Store and Google Play

Connect with Dumb Ways to Die and Dumb Ways JR online:

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Dumb Ways to Die Facebook page
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Do you encourage open-ended play for your children?

Make Family Dental Care Fun With REACH & Firefly

I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of Firefly®, REACH®, and One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.

 

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Do you struggle to get your kids to brush and rinse their teeth? Are you worried about their oral health in the future? If so, you’re like most parents. The challenge is to find ways to get your kids excited about these daily routines and provide a good foundation while they are young.

My ground rules are:  Don’t put too much pressure on them and use positive reinforcement when they do brush.

Brushing your own teeth with them is also helpful as kids love to emulate their parents.

And, get them their own toothbrush and mouth rinse to make dental care fun! I suggest Firefly products. A leader in children’s oral care solutions, Firefly has recently expanded their line of toothbrushes to include even more characters and ADA-approved products. You can’t beat good clean fun at an affordable price.

IMG_9583Check out this Kylo Ren Lightsaber toothbrush from the Firefly Star Wars Collection! With character voices, memorable quotes, flashing lights and lightsaber sound effects, kids will want to conquer the dark side of cavities. The brush lights up for 60 seconds which is a great reminder to brush for one full minute on each row of teeth. You’ll find it at Walmart and Walgreens with a protective cap to keep any bacteria out.

In addition, the new Firefly Spiderman Pump Rinse, also found at Walmart, is fun, sugar and alcohol free and has a fruity melon flavor that kids love.  Because it comes with its own convenient no-mess cup, kids can dispense just the right amount and keep your sinks clean.

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Dental care is so important for many reasons. It also affects our overall health. But, who says brushing your teeth as an adult can’t be fun? I find that when you have the right tools, it really is enjoyable! Did you know that you should change your toothbrush every three months? It also needs to be changed every time you get over a cold! Replacing a toothbrush this often means that it’s a good idea to always have extras around.

I’ve been trying out the new REACH UltraClean and the REACH Advanced Design Toothbrushes and I’m a big fan of both! In fact, I actually enjoy alternating between the two to get what I feel is optimum care.

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You can find the REACH UltraClean toothbrush at Walmart and Target. With its floss-like bristles and tongue cleaner, it really leaves you with that just from the dentist smooth clean feel! You can get it in a single pack or a 4-count value pack, so you’ll always have extras for guests or to take with you on the go.

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The big winner for me is the REACH Advanced Design Toothbrush. It has longer outer bristles and shorter inner bristles to perfectly clean along the gum line and the plaque from each and every tooth. I really feel that I can reach way in with this brush to get the back teeth deeply clean without missing anything. This toothbrush is available at Walmart and Walgreens in a value pack of two toothbrushes.

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Some more fun from Firefly:

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Enter for your chance to win awesome Firefly character products, or the grand prize trip for a family of four to the land of the stars: Hollywood, in the Firefly Lights, Camera, Smiles sweepstakes on Facebook.

 The trick to not growing old is to: Stay curious. Keep your teeth. Stay hopeful. Do everything gracefully, yet kick when you have to. ~Carew Papritz

Big Savings with Pampers Coupon Offers in June! #PampersSavings

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This is a sponsored post with iConnect and Pampers.  All opinions are 100% mine.

As a parent, you often worry about having enough money for everything you need and about how fast your children go through diapers. Pampers wants to help with two ways to save this June and put some much-needed money back in your pocket!

First of all, Pampers is offering big savings in this Sunday’s paper (June 12):

Keep your scissors handy because there will be a high-value coupon for $3 off two bags or one box of any Pampers Diapers or Pampers Training Pants. You’ll find the coupon in the P&G insert. You can use these coupons at any mass, discount or grocery stores where baby care products are sold.

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Second, Pampers is also offering a high value coupon that you can print at home for $2 off 1 pack of Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants.

How To Use This Coupon:

Just clip the Pampers Easy Ups coupon you will find at:  http://www.coupons.com/brands/pampers-coupons/.

You will need to open a coupons.com account if you don’t already have one. Then you can print, shop, and save!

Also, keep an eye out for more Pampers coupons in the future!

If you use Pampers, you will know why we love them and why they are such a wonderful choice for your children. If not, this is a great time to try them.

For over 50 years, parents have trusted Pampers for the best care for their little ones. Pampers offers a complete range of diapers, training pants and wipes to provide protection and comfort for every stage of your baby’s development.

For more information on Pampers diapers and pants, visit Pampers website or their social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Happy Baby, Happy Mom! 

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Fall in love with Parenthood – Now on UPtv Starting 5/30!

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“Families are the compass that guide us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.” —  Brad Henry

 

 

Every once in a while, a show comes along that brilliantly touches our hearts as well as our minds. Parenthood is that rare type of show and one of the best stories about family there is. Starting on May 20, Parenthood will launch on UPtv at 8 pm with episodes running through midnight.

Now is the time to catch this heartwarming show if you haven’t seen it, or, for those who have already fallen in love with the series, to re-visit Parenthood from the beginning.

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This critically acclaimed drama follows the ups and downs of the Braverman family, starting with Zeek and Camille, the matriarch and patriarch. The four adult Braverman siblings – Adam, Sarah, Crosby and Julia share the joys, trials, heartbreaks and celebrations of parenthood.

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From my perspective, Adam (Peter Krause) is the more responsible brother. As the oldest, he’s had to be, but, that doesn’t necessarily mean he always wants to. Sarah (Lauren Graham), is the somewhat wild child, divorced with two kids and, as the saga begins, moving back home with her parents for financial reasons. Crosby (Dax Shepard) is the third child, striving to find his place in the world who gets an unexpected surprise in the premiere. Julia (Erika Christensen), the youngest child, is a competitive lawyer, and is as much by the book as Sarah is a free spirit.

Where this all becomes fascinating to me is how their personalities blend as they grow and the categories they fit in change and overlap. With all the kids and grandkids, this large family goes through a lot of heartache and change, but the one constant is them always being there for one another.

I fell in love with this show because it is so authentic and true to life, because it isn’t afraid to explore any issue, and because of the family camaraderie. With any up or down, they join forces to either celebrate or brainstorm a plan.

One of my favorite stories involves Adam and his wife Kristina’s son, Max, who starts the series at age 9. Diagnosed with Aspergers, his is not an easy road, but, his struggles and triumphs are moving and affect the family, just as everyone’s actions affect one another.

UPtv sent us a premiere watching kit for Parenthood which is really cool!

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A tote bag, light blanket to snuggle on the couch, tissues, wineglass and popcorn!

And, my favorite of all, this hoodie to which they added my name. I love it because when you watch The Bravermans, you really become part of the family!

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This is a show the whole family will love. There is plenty of humor mixed with the drama, wonderful stories and a stellar cast!

So grab your snack and beverage of choice and catch the premiere 5/30 at 8pm. If you want to binge watch, there will be five episodes Monday night. Check out the schedule on UPtv for more Parenthood!

Have you watched Parenthood? Who is your favorite character?

This post is brought to you by UPtv & The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.