Monday, June 21, 2021

iHerb Haul | Best Multivitamin, Skincare, Health Over 50


I'm back with a second iHerb Haul this month! I don't usually have 2 hauls in 1 month but I had to go back for an item, so here we are. Last haul linked here.

If you're not familiar with iHerb, they are my favourite place to shop all things health and beauty. If you are looking for something, they probably have it, and probably for much cheaper than anywhere else. Even with the exchange rate here in Canada and shipping, it's still usually much cheaper. 

Let's peep my latest shopping trip..

Garden of Life's Vitamin Code For Women 50+ - 120 Veg caps/ $32

Vitamin Code is my favourite multivitamin of all times. I usually purchase a different version but decided to try this one geared towards Woman over 50 to see if I like it any better than my current favourite. Plus, I'm saving a TON of money by purchasing these from iHerb! The cost is more than double to purchase this product from retailers here in Canada.

Vitamin Code is a whole food vitamin and the quality is stellar. With these multivitamins, I actually notice a difference in how I feel, have less hair fall out, feel more balanced, and improved sleep. They have formulas for men and women as well as one-a-day formulas, over 40, over 50, and prenatal, so there is something for everyone.

  • Raw Whole Food Supplement
  • Live Probiotics & Enzymes
  • 23 Organically Grown Fruits & Veggies
  • No Binders or Fillers
  • Kosher
  • Non GMO Project Verified
  • Gluten Free
  • RAW
  • Vegetarian



This homeopathic remedy has many uses. I'll be trying it for my ongoing sleep issues as I haven't tried this remedy yet and it matches my sleep issues quite well. Its main use is for the healing of surgical wounds. but like most homeopathic remedies, they can have many other uses. I'm crossing my fingers and toes for this to work!



I'm currently taking another brand of Evening Primrose Oil that I picked up at my local grocery store when it was on sale. When I looked at repurchasing it, the prices here were SO much higher than on iHerb. This one was such a great deal, that I had to pick it up!

Evening Primrose has so many health and beauty benefits, that it is a staple in my supplements routine. It's an excellent supplement for women, and is supposed to be great for women pre and post menopause. I only take 1 per day.

"GLA (gamma-Linolenic acid), and linolenic acid are essential, polyunsaturated fatty acids. They are used by most cells in the body to produce soothing prostaglandins (intracellular hormone-like messengers), which help maintain the balance of many functions in the body."

As with any supplement, check with your Doctor before taking.



This serum was on sale for only $11 and the reviews on it were SO good that I had to try it! Most of the reviews raved about this serums ability to firm skin. Firming the skin is a pretty tough feat and also the kind of thing I look for most in my skincare, so it was basically a no-brainer.

  • Chamomile & Bergamot Age-Defying Serum
  • Peptide Complex plus Hyaluronic Acid
  • Beautifully Cruelty Free
  • Free of Sulfates, Parabens & Silicone

"Sympli  Beautiful­­ Firming Triple Peptide Serum utilizes multiple peptides to help stimulate the skin, encouraging it to look more plump and firm while relaxing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. This beautiful chamomile and bergamot infused serum delivers remarkable visual improvements."




Wisdom Natural, SweetLeaf Stevia Sweet Drops in English Toffee - 60ml/ $8.29

I normally purchase Now Foods English Toffee Stevia, but they were out of stock, so I took a chance on this brand. It has great reviews, so I don't think I have much to lose. I use English Toffee Stevia drops to make my iced coffees. It adds that extra flavour that makes my iced coffees rival luxury coffee houses. I also use it in baking, smoothies etc. It only takes a few drops so these little bottles last for years!

  • No Sugars
  • No Artificial Ingredients
  • Flavored Stevia Sweetener
  • Non GMO Project Verified


These homeopathic tablets are basically the reason for this whole order. It's something that I always have to have on hand. I take it for sleep and it's not magic but it often helps. It is very subtle but often just what I need to go back to sleep when I wake up prematurely. 

I've yet to find it here in Canada and if I do find it online somewhere other than iHerb, it's more than double the price. If you use a discount code, which I always do, it ends up being even less expensive. 

  • Nervous Tension
  • Irritability
  • Sleeplessness

Uses: For the temporary relief of minor occasional simple nervous tension and irritability to help occasional sleeplessness


iHerb is really a place for one-stop-shopping. They have everything you could want from groceries, to health, and beauty products. It's a great place to shop and they have amazing customer service, too.

Use code AGU725 or this link to save money on your next order! Good for new and existing customers.

As with any supplement, please check with your healthcare practitioner before beginning any new supplements. 



This post contains affiliate links

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Ekster® Trackable Smart Wallet | Best Father's Day Gift!


If you are looking for the perfect last minute Father's Day gift, look no further than Ekster's Trackable Smart Wallets! I don't know about you, but all of the men in my life seem to misplace their wallets on the regular. I hear it all the time, "have you seen my wallet?" Ekster's Trackable Wallets have the solution to end this problem, once and for all!

Needless to say, we were stoked when Ekster sent us their Premium Leather Parliament Smart Wallet in Classic Brown (Sale $71USD) with Tracker Card (Sale $39).

You place the Tracker Card inside the wallet's side pocket, which fits like a glove. Once you download the app from your phone, you can call your wallet anytime to locate it... this is genius! 

There are lots of other great features to this fabulous wallet, so let's have a look inside.


The wallet and tracker card come beautifully packaged, perfect for gift giving.

About:
A premium leather smart wallet, perfect for slim storage and quick card access. The built-in aluminum cardholder fans out your cards at the click of a button and protects them against skimming. Add a tracker card to make it unlosable.



The Tracker Card is sold and packaged separately and includes instructions and app info.

Tracker Card info:

Tracker CardPowered by Chipolo® Technology
CompatibilityiOS 11/Android 5 and above
CoverageWorldwide Lost & Found Platform, QR Safety
Net RangeUp to 200 ft (60 m) with BLE 4.0
Solar-Powered3 hours of charge lasts 2-3 full months
RingerRing your wallet or phone
Voice-ActivatedCompatible with Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri 
Selfie-modeTake remote group selfies with your Tracker



Features:
  • Quick card access mechanism
  • RFID blocking technology
  • Environmentally certified leather
  • Make it unlosable


Specs:
Dimensions0.4 x 4.1 x 2.5 in (1.1 x 10.5 x 6.5 cm)
StrapMulti-purpose, cash storage
CoinsKeep them in your piggy bank ;)
PatentedPatented card mechanism for easy access
StorageStores 12+ cards, recommended storage: 9 cards
LeatherPremium American hides by ECCO
SustainableLWG gold-rated tanneries, DriTan™ technology


Thanks to the wallet's easy-access trigger, it saves time from fumbling around trying to get access to credit, debit, and loyalty cards. Just slide the trigger up and your cards are pushed to the top of the wallet.



We think it's the perfect size! Not too big, not too small.

Above: Shows tracker card tucked snuggly into the wallet's back pocket


We're giving this wallet a 10 out of 10!

Ekster's Parliament Smart Wallet is beautifully constructed and has the latest technology to solve all your wallet woes. It would make a fabulous gift for a loved one or why not treat yourself!? 

If leather isn't your thing, they have eco-friendly vegan options as well as metal ones.

Ekster is currently running a Fathers' Day Sale, plus they offer free shipping, free returns, as well as a 12 month warranty. They also ship to Canada! 

You can check out all the deals over at Ekster.com





Thank you to Ekster for providing samples for review consideration. Non affiliate links



Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Break the Fear Cycle: Brain Expert Shares Advice for Building Resilience During Challenging Times


Chattanooga, TN, June 8, 2021 ― Forced social isolation, shuttered businesses and canceled or scaled-down worship services have contributed to an overwhelming sense of loss and fear among people all over the world. And there’s a scientific reason for these emotions, explains Timothy R. Jennings, M.D., board-certified psychiatrist, master psychopharmacologist and founder of Come and Reason Ministries.

 

Dr. Jennings is a much sought-after speaker who regularly addresses non-medical professionals on the subjects of Spirituality in Medicine, Depression and its Spiritual and Physical Connections, and Alzheimer’s Dementia. He also speaks to medical professionals on the topics of Psychotherapy in Clinical Practice, Major Depression in the Primary Care Setting, and the Neurobiology of Depression — among many others.

 

He describes how the measures taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 can have physiological and psychological impacts that, like dominoes, will topple our sources of strength and resilience.

 

“Research shows that social rejection, isolation and loneliness activate the brain’s stress pathways, thereby increasing inflammatory factors, diminishing immune response and increasing vulnerability to viral infections and cancer, and make you less resilient in life,” he says.

 

In the shadow of government mandates that restrict our interactions with others, what can we do within our four walls to build our resilience and guard our overall wellbeing?

 

Dr. Jennings suggests we can boost our resilience through physical exercise, eating a healthy diet, getting regular sleep, cognitive training, having a healthy relationship with God and spiritual development — measures that can actually alter the way our brains react to stress.

 

“Healthy spirituality confers resilience in a multitude of ways,” he says. “It develops your higher cortex, which calms your fear circuits. You have less fear and you’re less anxious if you’ve got a developed prefrontal cortex. And if you have a loving relationship with a God you trust, that’s part of your prefrontal cortex. And if people have more love, they have less fear.”

 

Another part of our prefrontal cortex is altruism — something those with healthy spirituality are more likely to engage in — and helping others also calms fear circuits.

 

Our ability to face a crisis and bounce back is, in part, inherited from our parents and even grandparents through our genetic makeup, Dr. Jennings explains. But through a combination of mental, physical and spiritual adaptive measures, we can boost our resilience and improve our ability to overcome life’s challenges.

 

Dr. Timothy R. Jennings operates a private practice in Chattanooga and has successfully treated thousands of patients. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Life-Fellow of the Southern Psychiatric Association.

 

He is also a prolific author whose books include The God-Shaped Brain: How Changing Your View of God Transforms Your Life; Could It Be This Simple? A Biblical Model for Healing the MindThe Aging Brain: Proven Steps to Prevent Dementia and Sharpen Your Mind; and The God-Shaped Heart: How Correctly Understanding God’s Love Transforms Us.

 

To hear his presentations and to learn more about Dr. Jennings and his approach to brain and body health, please visit: www.comeandreason.com.




Sunday, June 6, 2021

iHerb Haul | Haircare, Makeup, Skincare, Supplements




It's been SO long since I shared an iHerb Haul! I still shop there but not as often as I used to. Prices are always cheaper on iHerb than they are at shops here in Canada but I guess I've mostly been wanting immediate gratification as of late.

The order made it to me so quickly and I thought I'd share what I purchased while the sales are still on.

I ordered a couple of new-to-me beauty products because the sale prices were amazing and so were the reviews on them!

Links to products are provided in the headings.



The reviews on this product were phenomenol, so I'm excited to try it out for my bleached and damaged hair. 

About:
  • Repair Damaged Hair
  • Salon Formulation
  • Color Safe
  • Free of Sulfates Parabens & Gluten
  • For All Hair Types
  • pH 5.5-6.5
Luseta Perfect Bonding Restoring Shampoo gently cleansing all types of hair. Infused with quinoa seed extract. It repairs chemically damaged hair and builds bonds to strengthen hair structure.



Cargo HD Picture Perfect Illuminating Palette 3x 3.6g/ Super Deal Price $10.88

This is the other item that I'm most excited to try out! I don't think I've purchased any makeup since quarantine. This Cargo palette also has outstanding reviews, so for the sale price, I just had to pick it up!

About:

Three illuminating powders to achieve different effects. The Cargo_HD illuminating palette contains specialized photochromatic pigments that reflect light to provide a radiant picture perfect finish.

Bright: For a subtle lit from within glow lightly buff the shade bright all over the face with a large fluffy brush.

Beam: For a strong highlight use the shade beam with a fluffy brush on your cheekbones, center of the forehead. Down the nose and on your cupid's bow.

Bronze: For a radiant warm glow sweep the shade bronze on cheekbones and temples with a large fluffy brush.



Now Foods Organic Cocoa Powder 340g/ $10

This product is not new to me. I've always used it for baking, hot chocolate, and my chocolate smoothies when I can't get my hands on CocoaCeps from iHerb. It's delicious, rich and organic, great for any recipes calling for cocoa powder and a good value, it lasts for quite a while.

About:
  • USDA Organic
  • No Sugar Added
  • Naturally Occurring Polyphenols
  • Non-Alkalized
  • Non GMO Project Verified
  • Kosher
  • Certified Organic by QAI
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free



Now Foods 5HTP 50mg 90 veg caps/ $10.68

I take 5HTP most nights before bed. It helps with my sleep, mood, and restless leg syndrome (Iron helps me with RLS often as well).

About:

5-HTP, the intermediate metabolite between the amino acid tryptophan and serotonin, is extracted from the seed of an African plant (Griffonia simplicifolia).



I already own about a thousand different hair oils, but I couldn't resist this one after reading some articles about how much Grapeseed Oil benefits dry, brittle hair like mine. And, for the price, I couldn't pass up trying it out. It can also be used as face and body moisturizer, and as a carrier oil for essential oils. 

About:

For sensitive skin in need of an all natural moisturizer and protection from premature aging, without clogging pores and causing breakouts.

Solution: 100% Pure Grapeseed Oil is a light, odorless oil with mild astringent and emollient properties. This versatile oil contains numerous essential fatty acids including Linoleic, Oleic, Stearic, Palmitic, Myristic and Lauric. Its rich, silky texture is perfect for soothing away dryness and irritation and is suitable for all skin types since it won't clog pores or cause break-outs. Grapeseed Oil is perfect as a base for lotions, and it's mild enough to use as a conditioner for all hair types.






Kosette, Sanitizer Wipes, Alcohol-Free, 20 Wipes / Super Deal .70cents

I couldn't pass these up for the price! These days, you can never have enough hand sanitizer wipes and I love that they are alcohol-free.

About:

Kills 99.9% of bacteria

Safe for all, our alcohol-free formula effectively disinfects hands and surfaces with Benzalkonium Chloride cloth.



I couldn't pass up this 10 pack of disposable masks for just one dollar! That's better than the dollar store. I normally use reusable masks but during these times, it can't hurt to have some extra masks on hand.

That's it for this iHerb haul! Not a big one, but I'm excited to try some of these products out! Shipping was a flat rate of only $2.41 to Canada and taxes were prepaid, so no worries of those expensive brokerage fees! I placed my order on May 27th and received it on June 4th (although the estimated delivery showed June 14th). I always receive my orders way before the estimated delivery date. 

iHerb is really a place for one-stop-shopping. They have everything you could want from groceries, to health, and beauty products. It's a great place to shop and they have amazing customer service, too.

Use code AGU725 or this link to save money on your next order! Good for new and existing customers.



Thursday, June 3, 2021

Ask China to end dog and cat meat trade horrors including the Yulin festival



I always want to do my part to help those without voices. Animals are a huge love of mine, and I am compelled to share this email that I received from The Humane Society including a link to a petition that we all can sign to help end the slaughter of of cats and dogs.  They are our pets, best friends, and family, not food!

The following is the email from The Humane Society:

The annual dog meat “festival” in Yulin is scheduled for June 21st and animals need your voice as part of the effort to bring cruelty like this to an end.

After being snatched from the street, the journey to the country's slaughterhouses is horrendous for these animals. They are crammed on top of each other and transported in trucks for days without food or water in the unforgiving heat. Those who survive will wait until it’s their turn to be pulled violently out of their cage by the neck with iron tongs and beaten to death for someone’s meal.

The world has applauded the cities of Shenzhen and Zhuhai for being the first in mainland China to ban the consumption of dog and cat meat and welcomed the Chinese government’s confirmation that dogs are companions not livestock. However, millions of stolen pets and stray dogs in China continue to suffer terrible abuse for this trade and are killed in horrific ways.

The brutality of the dog and cat meat trades tarnishes China’s global image and reputation, and opinion polls show that most people in Yulin and across China don’t eat dogs and cats. Large public gatherings for the Yulin festival also runs contrary to public health and safety in the wake of COVID-19. We implore China to end dog and cat meat trade horrors like the annual Yulin festival.

Please ask Guangxi Party Secretary Lu Xinshe to end the slaughter in Yulin.



Sign Petition here ➡️  Please act now

Thank you for helping save the lives of so many beautiful souls! 😽🐕


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Black Leaves | Australia's Leader in Detox Teas



I usually like to do a detox every season or at least every other season. I've heard a lot of buzz online about the Australian brand, Black Leaves, one of Australia's most loved boutique tea brands.

Black Leaves is known as one of the major Butterfly Pea Flower suppliers and one of the best Australian tea boutiques where they hand-make their herbal teas. They are based in Perth, Australia.  Black Leaves was created by Anthony Loggia who created his first herbal blend inspired by the health challenges that his mother faced during her life. After a chance meeting with a woman during a trip to Thailand, Anthony was introduced to a calming blend of herbal teas. 

After trying the tea, it was the first time in years that Anthony felt so relaxed and light-hearted. He started to wonder whether there were other herbs that could be used to help his mum get back into shape. With the guidance of his mentor Anong, he designed his first unique weight loss blend that, in only six months, brought his mum back to her original weight.

By researching different varieties, they created a selection of blends to help others resolve their health issues such as unwanted weight or obesity, stress and anxiety and lack of energy. For example, their NewMe 28 program includes a perfect combination of herbs to maximize weight loss.

Detox teas are a natural and gentle way to cleanse and rid your body of excess waste and toxins. Black Leaves, has a range of delicious and powerful detox teas. From their #1 selling detox tea program "New Me28" to fat-burning, weight-loss teas, and more! 

Black Leaves has formulated the most effective herbs for detoxifying your body. They've helped thousands of women slim down, and become the healthiest, happiest version of themselves. 

I fully believe in the healing power of herbal teas. They have done wonders for me personally and I like that they are a gentle, yet effective way to achieve weight loss and/or detoxing without the harsh side effects that some products can have.

Black Leaves will be coming to Canada soon and I can't wait! 🍃






This post is in collaboration with Black Leaves

Sunday, May 30, 2021

How to Declutter and Make Money Doing it



Over the last few years there's been such a craze over decluttering and minimalism. Although I could never be a minimalist (I like shopping too much), I still have the desire to own less, reduce clutter, and have more room to breathe. But, at the same time, I have a conflicting desire to aquire more at times. Maybe some of you feel this way, too. I think this is where the old adage comes into play "out with the old, in with the new." Who doesn't want to try something new that interests them, or update their wardrobe to be more current.

I've heard a lot about the Mari Kondo method based on her best-selling book, The Art Of Tyding Up. I haven't read her book but I've learned a lot about her suggestions and tips for decluttering through the internet.  I like a lot of her tips but also find that some of them don't work for me. So I take what I like from her methods and make my own decluttering journey, as we all should.

Sometimes, I find that I can conquer my closet or the kitchen and do fairly well. Although, Mari Kondo probably wouldn't agree with that statement. Other times, I feel like I just can't let go of anything but I know that I need to.

Here are some tactics that I use to help myself declutter:

1. Get real with yourself and toss those old, expired products. Think food, skincare, makeup etc.
2. Ask yourself: Do I need it? Do I love it? Has it been used recently or is it just taking up space? Can someone else get better use out of this? Can I make some money with this?
3. Keep what you love and/or need. Do you have duplicates of some items that perhaps aren't necessary? 
4. One question I love to ask myself is "would I buy this in the store today?" If not, get rid of it or sell it
5. Try to adopt a 1 in 1 out policy. If you buy some new items, try to get rid of some old items
6. When you've done all the purging that you think you can, revisit the decluttering concept in a more gentle way. By this I mean, try and find one item per day, from any area of your home that either needs to be thrown away, donated, or maybe you want to sell it and make some of your money back
7. Another tactic, is to do this weekly and try to find 7 items at the end of each week. Then take the items to be donated at the end of every week or month. Whataver works for you. This decluttering tip of mine is meant to take the pressure off, so nothing is set in stone, do your best and you will get ahead.  By using this method I recently got rid of some old cell phones, packaging I no longer needed, old electronic parts that didn't have a partner, some shoes I don't wear, blankets and pillows that needed to go, etc. 
8. Tackle one area at a time and recruit your family members to tackle their areas, too. If they aren't eager to participate, the incentive to make some money or buy something new with that money might just be the nudge that they need
9. It's a good idea to keep a list as you go of items that you need to purchase to fill a need or replace items that were discarded but are still wants/needs

Note: Animal Shelters can always use your old towels, blanket, etc. It's a much better way to re-purpose those items than dropping them into a donation bin where they will probably end up in a landfill.

Also, there are a lot of Women's Shelters, and Shelters period, that can definitely use a lot of our unwanted items.

After the initial declutter, I try to keep on top of things by letting go of items that I no longer need or want. Making room for new things that I do want or maybe even need. "Use it or Lose it" has become my new motto.

You can also make money with the items that you declutter, especially if they are in good condition. Or, maybe they are vintage or collectable. You'd be surprised what you can find in the depths of your drawers, closets, basement, garage, and even on your bookshelves that you could make money with. From jewelery to shoes and even fitness gadgets and the like. 

My favourite places to sell items
  • Facebook Marketplace and FB groups
  • Poshmark (Get $15 with code healthandbeautygirl on sign up page)
  • Varage sale (App)
  • Letgo ( App- in USA, no longer in Canada sadly)
  • Kijiji
  • Ebay
  • Pawn shops
  • Amazon (I've sold a ton of books and DVDs on there)
  • Garage sale (when permitted or by appointment due to covid)
  • Plato's closet - they pay on the spot. They are choosy and want items in good condition and current trends. They don't pay much but if you don't have the time to sell your own items, they are a good option
  • Other local consignment shops
  • There are lots of other Apps to sell your unwanted goods. Just check your app store

Once you've decluttered your home, you'll probably make more conscious choices about future purchases and what you are bringing into your home. Either way, unless you are a true minimalist, the process of letting go of items that no longer serve you will most likely become something that is ongoing as we are usually bringing new things into our homes. 




#declutter #makemoney #minimalism 
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