Simple Ways You Can Help Your Child’s Development

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Every parent is very familiar with the phrase “they grow up so fast.” It’s a complete and total cliche, and yet it’s often hard to deny that it’s also incredibly true as well. It can often feel as though time is leaving you behind and that your little one is growing up at such a speed that you can’t really keep up. Of course, the best thing that you can do is not only to try and keep up but to try and encourage your children through many of the milestones that often come with growing up.  With that in mind, here are some ways to help your child’s development.

 

Leaving the cot

One of the first milestones that many parents and children both find themselves struggling with is the moment where your child outgrows the cot that they’ve been sleeping in since they were an infant. You’ll usually get a decent amount of warning that this is coming because you’ll find that your child is able to climb out of the cot without any help and that they are finding themselves feeling someone cramped while they’re sleeping in it. The most important thing for you is to try and make this transition as fun and exciting for your child as possible. Little kids don’t like change, that’s just a fact of life, and many young children treat their cot as a place where they feel very safe and protected. The space that’s offered by a lot of toddler beds can often make them feel a little exposed. Luckily a lot of beds for toddlers can be incredibly fun, with a whole host of different designs and themes. Get your child involved in choosing the bed and they will feel a much stronger sense of ownership over it, making them incredibly excited to sleep in it.   

 

Potty Training

This is something that many parents dread more than just about anything. As much of a pain as changing nappies can be, the idea of transitioning from them to your child using the toilet can be seriously daunting. The single most important thing to remember is that you don’t put too much pressure on your child. Potty training is something that should be done gradually, and you should never get angry when your child has accidents, even if it is incredibly frustrating to have to wash their clothes so much more frequently. Be as upbeat and positive as possible so that your child doesn’t become self-conscious about it. By offering as much positive reinforcement as possible, you’ll actually find that the whole process takes a lot less time than you might initially assume.

 

Learning independence

Helping your child, even as a baby, become more independent is pretty essential to their development and there are plenty of ways to do that. From swimming lessons to letting them spend time in the hands of friends and relatives without you, to taking them to baby and toddler groups to develop social skills, it’s essential that you teach your baby that, while you’ll always be there for them, it’s okay for them to spend time without you. This can often be just as hard for you as it is for them but it’s the kind of thing that really does help you both in the long run.

No matter what, you’re never going to be able to be completely prepared for every milestone that comes up in your child’s life. Things are always going to come as a shock, and there will be things that you’ll both simply have to play by ear. But the most important thing is to remember to be as patient as possible with your child and make sure that they always know that you’re there to offer hem a safety net as they navigate the incredibly complicated and treacherous waters of life. After all, it doesn’t come with an instruction manual, so they are sure to make mistakes along the road. It’s your job to be there to catch them when they do and help them get back on the right track.

No Carve Pumpkin Contest

My son started Pre-K in August and his school is having a no-carve pumpkin contest tomorrow. Here are some ideas we are considering. I’m not very creative so we have been looking on Pinterest for ideas.

Oscar the grouch pumpkin. Pumpkin decorating contest. Ping pong ball eyes and painted flower pot trash can.

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For the ones who love movies and popcorn!

These are very cute and do not look like they require too much creativity. We will be making one tonight hope it comes out cute!

GOOEY MONSTER COOKIE RECIPE

 

These would make great cookies for a Halloween party. Plus the kids will love to help make these colorful cookies and have a blast adding the eyes. I look forward to making these soon!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1/2 c butter softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 egg
  • powdered sugar
  • food coloring I used NEON food coloring to make them more vibrant
  • candy eyeballs

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Beat butter, vanilla, egg and cream cheese until fluffy.

  2. Mix in the cake mix. Divide batter into bowls for the number of colors you want.

  3. Add food coloring to each individual bowl and mix until all combined.

  4. Chill for 30 minutes.

  5. Roll into balls and dip in a bowl of powdered sugar.

  6. Place on greased cookie sheet and pat down a bit.

  7. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

  8. Add candy eyeballs while cookies are still warm. ENJOY!

Soniclear Elite Beauty Set

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Soniclear Elite Beauty Set

This is absolutely my favorite face scrubber. It is so elaborate and the design is so pretty! I use this daily for deep cleaning my face. Although this set includes body scrub too, you can use it for feet, body, and face with the different brushes available!!  It has 6 speeds and a cashmere brush head!! This design has everything you need to make you feel like you are at a spa without the cost!!

This would make a wonderful Christmas Gift for that special someone or hard to buy someone in your life!

I have a tendency to get acne during “that time of the month”, yes, even at my age. This has been amazing, it keeps my oily skin under control. For the first time in a long time, I am able to use foundation.

 

Features

  • Power Control Handle. Produces up to 300 sonic movements per second for 6x better cleansing than with hands alone.
  • Antimicrobial Daily Cleanse Brush. Gentle, effective daily cleanse brush. Brush bristles are sized and uniquely rounded at the tip for gentle, effective daily cleansing. Antimicrobial for stain and odor-causing bacteria protection.
  • Antimicrobial Body Brush Exfoliating body scrubber for smoother feeling skin. Antimicrobial for stain and odor-causing bacteria protection.
  • Multiple Speeds with C-Boost™ Technology. 6 sonic speeds for a customizable cleansing experience for your specific skin type and skin concerns. C-Boost provides a pulsating massage designed to rev-up your skincare regimen.
  • Cleansing Timer. Built-in automatic timer beeps to remind you to move to the next cleansing area.
  • Cordless and Rechargeable. Provides up to an hour of continuous use on a single charge.
  • Waterproof. Fully waterproof for use in the shower and bath.
  • Comfort Grip. Soft, non-slip grips are provided for increased comfort and to prevent slipping, an extra plus when using in the shower.
  • Charging Stand. Upright cradle for storage and charging.
  • Antimicrobial Product Protection. Safe, effective and long lasting LIFE Antimicrobial Product Protection is built into the brush head to protect against stain and odor-causing bacteria so brushes stay cleaner, fresher for longer. Won’t wash out or wear off for the life of the brush.
  • Warranty. The Soniclear Elite has an industry leading 5 year limited warranty against defects.
  • Deluxe Accessory Group. With the Deluxe version of the Elite, you also get our antimicrobial PEDI treatment head for smoothing foot care, Extension Handle, convenient Shower Organizer and hard shell Travel Case.Antimicrobial 
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    innovation! The inventors of Soniclear recognized that skin cells and moisture remaining on the brush heads between uses can create conditions for bacteria to grow. So all Soniclear brush bristles, the base to which the bristles are attached and the protective cap are treated during the manufacturing process with proprietary LIFE® antimicrobial product protection – a soniclear exclusive – to help guard against the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria. Traditional skin cleansing systems do not provide this protection. The antimicrobial protection in Soniclear is registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency to guard against stain and odor-causing bacteria on the Brush Heads of your Soniclear. In laboratory tests, surfaces treated with the antimicrobial in Soniclear showed 99.9% inhibition of stain and odor-causing bacteria after 24 hours compared with an untreated control. Safe, effective and long lasting, the antimicrobial product protection in Soniclear Brush Heads will not wash out or wear off for the normal life of the brush so the brushes stay cleaner, fresher for longer.Antimicrobial product protection is not a substitute for good hygienic practices nor is it intended to protect the user from disease-causing microorganisms. We recommend that you clean the Brush Heads with warm soapy water before and after each use and not share Brush Heads for sanitary reasons.

Taking Care of Ageing Parents

In time, we all face the role reversal that comes from being parented by our parents to having to care for our parents like a parent.  Indeed taking care of elderly parents can be hard work; as not only do you need to tend to their medical and physiological needs but also their social and emotional needs.  In reality, this can be a tiring uphill struggle, particularly when dealing with illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, so here are few tips that will help lighten the load and take some of the weight off your shoulders.

HIRE A CLEANER

Often, cleaning and undertaking daily or weekly chores can be a core component of the time you spend with your parents looking after their needs; which, whilst essential in many respects this time could be better invested in engaging and interacting with them on a social level.  If you can afford to outsource the cleaning to an external cleaner, this will free up your time to connect and engage.  One of the most common issues amongst old people is a lack of social engagement – so pass the torch (or in this case, the brush) to someone else to take care of the cleaning and you start caring for the emotional state of the person you are working so hard to look after.

OUTSOURCE THE CARE

It might not always feel like the nicest of options, but there is a time and a place for outsourcing some of your parent’s care.  The cost of this can be pretty expensive, and whilst you’re paying a premium price you’re not always getting the premium service one would expect.  In fact, carers are some of the lowest paid members of the health community which can lead to a particularly young workforce who are inexperienced to deal with the challenges clients face in a tactful and caring way.

However, there are a number of services such as Seniors for Seniors elder care services that provide more mature and experienced carers who work from a place of passion, care and consideration – most likely having experienced something themselves with their own parents, this level of empathy and tactful interaction with their clients is a highly valued  commodity you are unlikely to find with younger carers.

HIRE A GARDENER

In a similar vein to hiring a cleaner, hiring a gardener to maintain aspects such as keeping the lawn trimmed and tending to leaves in the driveway (particularly useful if your parent could be at risk of slipping and falling) – these are jobs that are tempting to take on yourself, but outsourcing these jobs to a gardener, or even a family member, such as a child – will free your time up to care for more pressing emotional needs.

The golden thread throughout these ideas is that of outsourcing aspects of practical care so that you can focus more on engaging with the emotional aspects of your parent; in reality, they would most likely appreciate a day out by the seaside or a companion to watch their favourite TV show than have you rattling around in the kitchen; checking up on them to see if they have taken their medication.  Therefore, try to outsource as much as you can and focus on being their trusted friend rather than their ‘home help’

Some Pointers For Mastering The Art Of Parenthood

 

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Being a parent isn’t easy. You probably knew that before you even had children because it’s something that other parents never stop saying. Of course, when you actually have kids, you truly appreciate how difficult it is to juggle your many responsibilities. Obviously, you were probably prepared in the sense that you knew you’d have these responsibilities, but nobody can be prepared for how tired they’ll be once they become a parent. It takes a while for your brain and body to adjust. And if you want some pointers to help you master the art of parenthood then the following pieces of advice should give you the answers.

 

Get help from friends, family members, and babysitters.

The first step for mastering the art of parenthood is learning to take a step back. That might sound like the exact opposite of any advice you were expecting, but it’s important. As we’ll discuss throughout this article, you’re the best parent to your kids when you’re the best version of yourself. And that’s why you need to know when to take a break. You might want to get a “granny nanny” to help you out. The beauty of hiring help from semi-retired (or fully-retired) women is that they’ll be ready to devote themselves to looking after your children at the drop of a hat. Of course, the same thing could be achieved by getting help from friends, family members, or babysitters to look after your children.

 

The important thing is that you need to accept help wherever possible to look after your kids. You don’t have to do everything on your own, even if you have the help of a partner. In fact, getting assistance from friends or babysitters can give you and your partner the opportunity to go out for a nice meal. Or you could simply ask for help from family members and friends when you have some chores you need do and appointments you need to make. The people close to you will appreciate that you have many errands which need to be completed on a daily basis. Whether you have babies or teens, you can’t be in the house 24/7 to keep an eye on everyone and everything. It’s important to give yourself breaks from time to time, whether it’s a break to do errands or a break to relax and enjoy yourself. If you get others to help you spread your responsibilities then you won’t feel as if there’s a weight on your shoulders. This will help to protect your sanity and make you a better parent to your kids.

 

Keep up with school.

Whether your kid is entering pre-school or they’re on the verge of starting college, you probably feel as if you’re going through the educational experience with them. And, with an adult’s perspective, you probably take it more seriously than you did when you were the student. Obviously, this is also because you want your child to be as successful as possible. Whilst you can’t sit your child’s exams for them and you shouldn’t do their homework if you want them to learn, you should be aiming to keep up with their school progress. You can provide support and guide them through their homework. And, whilst all kids hate this, you should ask them about their day when they get home. The best thing you can do, as a parent, is to simply let your child know you’re there and ready to help them.

 

You might also want to get involved with the school on a personal level. If you want to ensure that your kid has the best possible educational experience then help to make sure the school works as well as possible. This doesn’t mean you should tell teachers how to do their jobs, but you should make appointments to discuss issues if you want to make sure you’re getting the full picture of your child’s progress. You could even give suggestions that might help the school out. NST help teachers to organize school trips on their website. You could suggest that the school uses this resource to keep things structured and to keep parents in the loop. The point is that every parent should make sure they know as much as possible about the curriculum and the general structure of the school their child attends. Don’t simply get all of your information straight from the mouth of your kid (especially if they’re not very talkative when it comes to school).

 

Teach them about values.

You should also aim to teach your children about the things they should value in life. Obviously, this will vary from family to family. It depends on the things you personally believe, but there are certain things that every child should learn at a young age. You should teach your kid the value of honesty, patience, respect, and being kind to others. These are the core traits that we all need to possess in order to care for our family and people we meet in the world. If you want to be the best possible parent to your child then you need to give them the skills they’ll need to do well in the adult world.

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Look after each other.

As mentioned earlier, being a good parent is about being the best version of yourself. You need to look after your physical and mental wellbeing in order to take care of your child’s physical and mental wellbeing. The best way to achieve this is to look after one another in your household. You could have weekly family catch-ups to see how everyone is doing. It’s a chance to open up about any problems members of the family might be experiencing at home, work, or school. You can all provide support for each other. Of course, those weekly meetings are also a chance to open up about good things that have happened throughout the week or simply to tell stories about funny things that have happened. It’s an opportunity to keep connections strong in your family. Bonding is the best way to look after each other. It’s about making sure everyone in the family knows that they’re valued and loved by everyone else in the family.

Breathe Easy At Home

Did you know the quality of the air in your home can directly affect your health? Not many people do. Nearly everyone understands the dangers of dirty air outside the home. Car exhaust fumes, passive cigarette smoking, and local factories can all have an impact on our lungs. The thing is, there are pollutants inside the home that are equally as bad for you as the ones you’re encountering outside.

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We spend much of our time inside, whether that’s at home, at the shops or at work. It makes sense to learn all the ways you can make the air you breathe the healthiest possible for you and your family. If you haven’t heard of ways you can purify your home, then you should check out the list we have for you below and see how many changes you can implement in your daily routines.

 

  1. Ventilate. It may seem like an obvious solution – adding more air – but most would think to open a window and leave it at that. There’s far more to improving ventilation than just opening a window! Outdoor air is still polluted, so get in touch with air conditioning suppliers and get quoted for how much it would cost to have central air installed. This can then purify and cycle the air through the home for you!
  2. Eliminate. You need to be able to eliminate the source of the air that isn’t pure. So, dust build-up, smoking, and pets could all be a concern. If you are feeling any of these symptoms, you could possibly have an allergy to dander, which is making your breathing difficult. When it comes to smoking, taking it outside if you aren’t ready to quit altogether can make a difference to your breathing, as you have changed how your air in the house is balanced.
  3. Pipework. If you are an asthma sufferer, the slightest damp or leaks in the home can really have an effect on your breathing. Mould spores and damp in the air can certainly make life a little difficult for you. Getting in a professional to check over your pipes and ensure there are no leaks in the home is a must. Rain and humidity are causes here but if you’ve ensured that your home is watertight, then you will find it far easier to manage.
  4. Change Products. Cleaning is a must, but breathing in chemicals doesn’t have to be. Any one of these methods of cleaning the house without using harsh chemicals can be used so that you are lessening how many chemicals you breathe in. Toxic chemicals can lead to headaches, muscle aches and general ill health so it’s best to avoid them where you can.

You have a right to breathe pure air and the only way to do that indoors is to maximise the air you have in your space. Don’t wait around for someone to tell you that you should have better quality of air – look for it yourself.

Should Expectant Moms Read Birth Stories?

It is safe to say that the internet is full of birth stories, as this quick Google search result demonstrates:


472,000,000 results for the term “birth stories” perfectly makes the point: birth stories are ubiquitous online, with millions of women willingly sharing the tale of how their children were brought into the world.

Most expectant moms will be familiar with these stories; they tend to be found on any website that offers pregnancy and birth advice, after all. However, while these stories are incredibly commonplace, there is a question you should ask yourself before clicking a link: “is this a good idea?”

 

What to expect from birth stories

In the best case scenario, a birth story will:

  • Make you feel more confident about your impending delivery
  • Make you aware of things you hadn’t been aware of, so you can now plan for the same eventualities
  • Make you feel, well, warm and fuzzy inside

The above experience is the one that many expectant moms imagine they will encounter when they click a link to read a birth story – and this is the experience they will usually have, too. Birth stories are incredibly affirming and enjoyable to read, and they can provide insights that an expectant mom would have had no other way of knowing. However…

 

Birth stories can be traumatic

Some women have wonderful, smooth births but, unfortunately, some don’t. When you click on a link to a birth story, in most cases, you will have no idea which type of story you are clicking on.

This can mean that you click on a story that you subsequently find traumatic or even frightening, especially if it deals with issues severe enough to require the writer to have eventually visited the likes of www.DolmanLaw.com/legal-services/birth-injury-attorneys/ to obtain legal recourse for their experience. Some birth stories deal with myriad complications and, in some cases, emergencies. These stories can make a lasting impression on an expectant mom, causing a tremendous amount of stress, anxiety, and even panic due to concerns over the idea of experiencing something similar.

 

How to approach birth stories

When you are pregnant, it’s natural that you are curious about what birth was like for other women – but, as pointed out above, it’s important to be cautious. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Look for trauma warnings. Many birth stories will include these at the top of the post or even in the title; if you see them, read no further.
  • Don’t try to convince yourself it’s helpful to read both good stories and concerning ones; in most cases, it isn’t. If you read one concerning and nine good, it’s the worrying one that you will remember.
  • If you find yourself reading a birth story that seemed fine but becomes harrowing, back away, even if you suspect everything turned out fine (for example, the post has pictures of the mom and her baby in it). There may still be details in the story that you find distressing or worrying.

 

Final thoughts

Birth stories are fantastic when you have had your baby, but when you’re still expecting, it’s usually best to avoid them. For advice and support regarding your pregnancy, speak to a medical professional or your friends and family. If you do want to look online, opt for a forum that is designed for expectant moms specifically such as https://www.babycenter.in/c25000192/pregnancy-forums, and avoid any thread titles that suggest a birth story is contained within.

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Hacks for Cheaper & Smarter Last-Minute Travel

There are two types of people in this world; the kind that plans ahead for anything, and the kind that rush around and do things at the last minute. Which type do you think you are? The good news is that you can learn to be a little more like one or the other (though changing completely is quite unlikely). So with that in mind, today’s post is all about planning a last minute vacation. Some planning is still required, but we’re talking weeks ahead, rather than months and months, that the ultimate planning person might want as they plan a vacation. If you want to save some money as you travel, and even be a little more spontaneous, then this is the post for you. Hope it helps!

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When To Book

There are days and times that are going to make travel cheaper, or even more expensive. So if you are looking for cheaper tickets, then it is a good idea to remember to include something mid-week in your plans. If you travel or fly home on a weekend, then often there is a premium as they know many people would prefer that as it means less time off work or school. But if you have some flexibility, then that can make a difference.

It should also be worth noting that a lot of airlines reduce ticket prices usually on Tuesdays or Sundays when the travel is for that next week. So they can be better days when you are looking for general help with flights and getting a good deal last minute.

 

Book Single Tickets

On some airlines, and particularly for train travel, as crazy as it sounds, it can be cheaper to book two single tickets separately, rather than a return ticket. So if you trip really is last minute or you need to travel for an emergency, then that can be a quick and easy way of doing things. It could also be worth using a site like Bonsai Finance to get some cash quickly. That should only be done as long as you can afford to pay it back, of course. But if an emergency trip comes up, such as a funeral or to visit family in an emergency, then it could be a help.

 

Set Fare Alerts

For flights, there are a variety of sites like Kayak and ExpertFlyer, that all offer searches on flights and allow you to check a variety of routes and airlines. But the good news with all of them is that you can set flight alerts. So the particular route that you are looking for (or have as a dream destination) will keep being searched by them, and you’ll get notified when they have a found something even cheaper than the last time that you looked. If you have a dream to go somewhere but only when things are a certain price, then it can be a good (and free) thing to set up. Then you can book right away; talk about last minute!

 

Combination Deals

Researching your own hotels to stay at or flights to take can be half of the fun of travel. However, that can take a while, and time isn’t on your side if you are planning something last minute. So it can be worth looking at combination sites, like Expedia and Priceline, as they will have the details of package deals for you. On some occasions, it can work out cheaper to book one of those, especially if food is included, rather than do it all yourself at the last minute. Who knows, you might find a bargain.

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Travel in Off Season

Depending on where you want to go, there can be some great deals to be had, especially if you are traveling in the off-peak season. Places like Australia can be great to visit, but the peak times are usually from November to February. This can mean everything is more expensive, as it is the time when most people will visit; even the locals going to different parts of the country. Which is why going in the off-season can be a good way to get a bargain. The hotels still need to have guests, as well as restaurants and so on, but there are less of them in their winter months, like June to September, for example. The good news is that the weather is still fairly warm and dry then, so you can still get to do the things that you would want to.

This applies to any place that you’d want to visit, though. Anything from the Caribbean to Canada; they all have peak seasons and all have off-seasons, but they shouldn’t be overlooked as a destination choice.

 

Stay With Friends

If you have got friends or family in certain parts of the country, or even in different parts of the world, it can make it a much more doable trip if you have their homes as your accommodation. As long as they’ll be around to let you in, last minute trips can be made much simpler (and cheaper) when you have someone to stay with. It could eliminate the need for things like rental cars if you’re flying or on the train, as well as reduce food bills as you’ll have a kitchen to cook in. So have a think about who you know, and think about where they live.

 

Avoid Business Travel

When people are traveling for business and their work is paying for it, the price isn’t a massive factor for them. So they choose the travel times and flights that are going to be the most convenient for them. That will tend to be Friday evenings, Sunday evenings, and Monday mornings. These are often at a premium, especially on some flight routes, so it is worth shopping around, and avoiding those times, to get the best price on a last minute deal. Middle of the week (Tuesday to Thursday), are usually the cheapest days to fly out on.

Kiss Me Organic Ceremonial Grade Green Tea Matcha Review

 

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I was recently invited by Kiss Me Organics to review their Organic Ceremonial Green Tea Matcha in exchange for an honest review. Okay, in all honesty, I have grabbed a green tea here and there in the convenience stores and I really liked those! But what I received was nothing like the green tea in the bottles I was used to drinking! Instead, I received a cute little tin with a green tea powder inside!

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Turns out green tea matcha is made from the entire leaf of the tea plant. It has up to 137 times the antioxidants of brewed green tea. Consuming the entire leaf provides your body and mind with a maximum concentration of Polyphenols and EGCG. Green Tea Matcha can also:

  • Provide you with mild steady energy
  • Provides a metabolism boost
  • Helps improve skin health

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Kiss Me Organics will also send you a recipe book in which you can also use the green tea matcha in addition to drinking it in hot water. Drinking it in hot water took me a little while to get used to because it is a lot different from the brewed green tea that I’m used to. However, I love to use it in my smoothies and cannot even tell it is in there! I usually drink a smoothie on my way to work each morning. I tried one in the evening, but it kept me up a little longer than I wanted so I decided to only have one early in the day!

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I can really tell a huge difference in my energy level during the day from the green tea matcha. I am resting so much better at night and it seems to just provide me with a sense of calmness. With my hectic lifestyle, this is just what I needed! If you would like to try it for yourself, you can find the Kiss Me Organics Green Tea Matcha on Amazon.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.