Give Your Bedroom A Makeover with Groupon!

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I love decorating my home, but it’s not so easy when I’m also balancing the budget. Sometimes it feels like a juggling act. I’ve noticed that just one or two strategically placed items can make a world of difference, whether it’s a new blender for the kitchen or a fun clock for the family room. Lately, when I’m browsing for home decor, I explore Groupon Goods.

Groupon is wonderful for events, services, and restaurants, but they also have wonderful deals on products from my favorite retailers. It’s fast, fun, and free.

Since my bedroom is my sanctuary, it’s one of my favorite places to renovate. I was able to find an Ultra Soft Sherpa Throw for Fall to snuggle up in when I find time to relax at night with a good suspense thriller. Best of all, it was half the price I’d seen it at! I’m adding some Banksy Art Decorative Throw Pillows. They have tons to choose from.

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Groupon is also a convenient place to shop for the perfect gift, all from the comfort of home!

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PEPPERMINT EUCALYPTUS SOOTHING BATH SALTS: Soak Your Cares Away

This post has been sponsored by  Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements™. I have been provided the products discussed for free to review.

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If you’re anything like me, you strive to live life to the fullest. Whether we completely understand all its inherent mystery, life is a thrilling adventure.

So many of us work hard, whether it is taking care of our families, in our jobs, doing charity work, athletic pursuits and so much more. With our New England winters, I find that I am outdoors more in summer and more active and that sometimes means sore muscles and a bit of general overwhelm.

My sanctuary lately has been my bathtub! Part of it is just setting aside ‘me time’ and knowing that everyone else is taken care of so I can truly relax and unplug – and then there are the oils!

Essential oils have truly transformed my bath into a spalike experience at home. Making my own bath salts is so economical and I get to experiment and choose the combination that best fits my needs and desires in the moment.

Last holiday season, I made scrubs and bath salts for my friends as gifts and I’d love to show you my recipe because it’s really quite easy and fun!

Bath salts soothe the mind, body and spirit and are wonderful for pampering. I remember when I was younger, my Dad would advise going swimming in salt water for small scrapes. Truth be told, it really did make my cuts heal faster!

I’m going to show you the recipe for one jar of salts, but, you can easily multiply the ingredients depending on your needs or wishes. I use Epsom salts (rich in Magnesium), Pink Himalayan Salts and Essential Oils. Feel free to use Dead Sea Salts instead of Pink Himalayan. Since I don’t like any artificial colors, fragrances or ingredients,  I love the color that the Pink adds naturally!

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PEPPERMINT EUCALYPTUS SOOTHING SALTS

1/2 cup Epsom Salts

1/2 cup Pink Himalayan Salts

8-10 drops Earth Elements Peppermint Essential Oil

8-10 drops Earth Elements Eucalyptus Essential Oil

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I start by combining the salts in a bowl and adding my oils. You can then use a whisk, spoon or even fork to make sure the ingredients are all mixed in.

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airtight glass jar with a hand-made label or tie and voila! Perfect for your sink or tub or as a gift!

PS: Your guy will love these too as a bath or foot soak after a long day!

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Customize your mixture according to your preferences.

For a soothing bath use chamomile and lavender.

Peppermint is invigorating while rosemary and eucalyptus can help tonify and balance.

Grapefruit is rejuvenating and uplifting.

Mix and match to your heart’s desire! Add some dried mint if you have any around!

You can also layer the salts with different colors or make different colored jars. I recommend only using natural coloring though because whatever you put on your skin goes into your body.

Here are some natural ideas for colors. You simply blend or juice them (or with the red cabbage boil it,) then reduce the juice in a pan. Add just a hint of color when you mix or whisk your salts.

Color Ideas

For Red: Beet or Pomegranate juice, Fresh or frozen raspberry juice

For Yellow: ground turmeric or saffron, mango juice

For Green: matcha powder or parsley juice

For Orange: carrot juice, paprika 

For Purple/Blue: red cabbage juice, frozen blueberry juice, blackberries

For Brown: coffee powder, cocoa

Feel free to add dried flowers or herbs to your blends, but, make sure they are organic, pure or from your own garden. Also, you want the flowers/herbs to be fully dried adding no moisture.

Consult your physician before using essential oils if you have high blood pressure, are pregnant, or have other medical concerns. Not for use for babies or young children.

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Enhance Your Life with Aromatherapy

This post has been sponsored by  Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements™. I have been compensated by Nature’s Bounty and been provided the products discussed for review.

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It’s summer and I’ve been spending a lot of time outdoors in nature, enjoying all the wonderful sights and smells. I also love bringing the experience indoors with aromatherapy.

The sense of smell is evocative, considered to be one of our most primal and fascinating senses. With its subtle complexities, it plays a significant role in our well-being from energizing to relaxing. It is also closely linked with memory. I know that certain scents take me immediately back to my grandmother’s house, others to hiking with friends in the mountains and, some, like warm bread immediately make me feel calm and at ease.

Smells such as smoke or rotten food warn us of danger while others like cinnamon apple pie can make us feel safe and secure.

I have always loved aromatherapy and enjoy experimenting with essential oils. Though I do not enjoy heavy perfumes with synthetic ingredients, I adore essential oils which are plant extracts in their purest forms.

I recently discovered a wonderful new line of 100% pure blended aromatherapy essential oils: Nature’s Bounty Earthly Elements. These oils help me create moods and experiences and each has its own unique aroma and “personality”.

There are 10 essential oils in the collection and one Sweet Almond carrier oil, as well as a Nature’s Bounty Earthly Elements aromatherapy diffuser.

One of my favorites is Grapefruit. I find it uplifting and refreshing. It energizes my mood and gets me focused for the day. Peppermint is also revitalizing and soothing. Lavender is great when I want to unwind and de-stress at the end of the day.

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Other scents in the line include: Chamomile, Patchouli, Jasmine, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus and Thrive.

My favorite ways to use the oils are in a diffuser which gently disperses the oil into my environment, and, by adding a few drops to the almond oil which is a carrier oil, they make massages a spalike experience. Every time I take a bath, I add a few drops depending on what I feel will help balance my mood.

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You can add the oils to your DIY projects and make quality aromatic products. Thrive is perfect for that with its woodsy cleansing aroma. You can use it with warm water in a spray and don’t forget to spray the bottom of the trash can!

I also love spraying Peppermint oil mixed with water to freshen the air naturally! It’s one of my all-time favorite oils. I also use Peppermint Oil with the almond oil for a refreshing post-workout massage. I find it both uplifting and relaxing.

I use a few drops of lemongrass and eucalyptus mixed with the almond oil help repel pesky insects.

When I clean and rinse my fridge, grapefruit oil added to the water really does a great freshening job.

You can create aromatherapy candles, sugar face scrubs and more.  My next post in this series will be sharing some of my own homemade ideas with you.

The full Nature’s Bounty Earthly Elements line can be found in the Vitamin Aisle at Walmart where they are very reasonably priced.

You can also learn more online at Earthlyelements.com.

These oils are not recommended for ingesting, for topical use only when blended with the Sweet Almond carrier oil.

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Shop and Save with Groupon Coupons!

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I’ve always found the concept of Groupon extremely innovative.  You virtually link up with others and the quantity buying allows for major discounts. I’ve bought so many Groupons over the years for local restaurants, hair salons, juice fasts and more.

Recently, I learned about Groupon Coupons. They have verified coupons to my favorite stores which have helped me on many occasions. I mean, who doesn’t love saving money? And, now that it’s back-to-school season, every discount helps.

Groupon Coupons are free and super-convenient:  just go the site, search your favorite store or category, click, and voila, extra money in your pocket.

You’ll be able to find deals from Autozone, Bed Bath & Beyond, Foot Locker, Hotels.com, JCPenney, Kohl’s, Macy’s, PetSmart, Sephora,  Nordstrom, and more. They have Red Lobster Coupons, Uber Promo Codes, Costco, Ulta, and Alamo coupons! It’s so much fun to browse the site.

Tonight I found:

40% OFF NOW on any regularly priced item at Michaels – I bought the set of gel pens I’ve been craving

Free $25 Target Gift Card and Free Shipping if you stock up on baby items (sent this to a friend)

Walgreens: Buy 1, Get One Free & 50% Off Online Only

Starbucks Store: Up To 50% Off Coffee & Drinkware

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And, since I’m shopping for myself and the kiddos, this one is particularly relevant –

an extra 30% off everything at Aeropostale, my favorite.

 

I love that I don’t have to hop around to different places as Groupon Coupons has all the great deals as well as some that are exclusive to them.

So, before you shop, take a look at Groupon Coupons and see how much you can save! There’s no reason to pay full price when you don’t have to.

Have you tried Groupon Coupons yet?

 

Win $100 Amazon GC or Paypal Cash – Becky Monson Book Blast!

 

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Thirty-Four Going on Bride by Becky Monson

It really seems Julia Dorning is ready to lose it. With her over-the-top wedding that her sister, Anna, took upon herself to create, and the under-staffed popular bakery that she runs, she can barely find time to breathe.

All that Julia ever wanted was a small wedding on the beach with family and friends. But now Julia has to contend with not only her sister’s plans, but those of her future mother-in-law, as well. Not wanting to step on anyone’s toes, especially her mother-in-law’s, Julia just goes along with it.

She can only take so much, though, and when her newest employee, Kate, makes things harder at the bakery, Julia has to find a way to simplify her life.

Can she do it or will she end up a basket case? Find out how she does it in this hilarious conclusion to the Spinster series!

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Becky MonsonAuthor Becky Monson
By day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. In her debut novel, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last… but it probably won’t.


Praise for the Book
“My favorite of the series!” – Author Jennifer Peel
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#Win a $50 Amazon GC or Paypal Cash – Always You Book Blast!

Alway You

 

Always You by Ruth Roberts

After a tragedy, Diana Mathison finds herself back in her old home town of Magnolia Falls, sharing custody of her baby sister with her step sister. Still reeling from the death of their parents, the three sisters have to learn how to lean on each other and live life without their two pillars of strength. Diana is full of doubts in her ability to raise a little girl and run her father’s law firm. The last thing she needs is to have Zack Connelly back in her life. The last time she let him in she ended up hurt and broken hearted.

Zack has given up on true love. It’s not for him and it’s certainly not with Diana Mathison. He came back to Magnolia Falls to heal after losing his sweet wife and their unborn child at the hands of a drunk driver. Hannah never had a chance at the love and happiness she deserved, therefore neither should he. His life plan is to take care of his sister and niece for as long as they need him, and to be the best veterinarian the town has ever had. That’s enough for him…or is it?

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After dinner Zack took her to the falls. There was a long bridge crossing the water. They used to go there all the time as kids. That bridge was where Zack had asked her to Prom. The sound of water falling into the pool of water surrounded them. The moonlight reflected off the water. The night was slightly cool. Zack held her hand as they walked across the bridge. “Do you remember coming here during the summer? We would spend all day in the water,” said Zack.

“What I remember was my preteen antics to get you to notice me.” Diana almost winced remembering all her crazy antics.

“Oh, I noticed, but you were my sister’s best friend. My twin sister. I would have violated the twin code.”

“The twin code, huh. I’ve never heard of it.”

“That’s because only twins know what the twin code is.”

“Right. You know what I think Mr. Connelly? I think the twin code is non-existent.”

There was a breeze, and Diana shivered. Zack stopped them in the center of the bridge. He wrapped his arms around her. “Better?” He asked. Always the gentleman.

“Much,” Diana said. She laid her head on his chest and listened to the steady beat of his heart. In Zack’s arms she could almost forget all the pain and loss she had experienced. He made things right in a world that had gone so very wrong.

“Diana,” he said her name softly as his hand stroked up and down her back.

She lifted her head to look into his eyes. “Yes.”

“Today. That kiss. I’ve been waiting a long time to do that. Now that I have, I don’t think I ever want to stop.” He lowered his head to hers slowly, looking into her eyes. Giving her time to stop him. She leaned up on her tiptoes and met him halfway. When their lips met, it was with tenderness and love cultivated over a lifetime of friendship and shared experiences. This kiss was between two hearts that had long yearned for this very moment. The moment when two hearts would become forever linked as one.

 

 

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Romance novelist Ruth Roberts lives in the Big D, where city life abounds but the wide open spaces Texas is famous for are within easy reach. Her books transport readers to the glittering life of high-society, while making the characters normal, fun people we would all like to have as friends. She loves reading, writing and Gilmore Girls. She and her teenage daughter call themselves the real life Gilmore Girls. Her very own romantic hero of twenty years is her greatest inspiration and support.

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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.