Sunday, July 18, 2021

The Best Multivitamin For Women Over 50

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I've been into supplements for as long as I can remember. I always believed that nature has a cure for most ailments, so I'm always searching for the best supplements to suit my needs and improve my life or health in some way. As a result, I've tried countless multivitamins. Most have little to no effect on me until my most recent discovery. 

As we go through life, our needs are ever changing, so it's a good idea to look at those needs and find vitamins that address the current state of your health. It's also important to get blood work done to check your various levels and speak to your Doctor about any supplements you want to begin.

For me, it wasn't until the last few years that I started finding multivitamins that really made a difference in how I felt. It all started with the brand, Garden of Life- Who's probiotics have been a part of my life for over 20 years now! Their My Kind multivitamin was my favourite a couple of years ago. It really made a difference in how I was feeling overall. I love Garden of Life's vitamins for the quality, and because they are food based, and free of all the nasties.

Eventually, I decided to try their Vitamin Code multivitamin to see if I liked it better. I started with the one for Women and felt even better than I had with their My Kind Multi. I continued taking those for about 2 years, I'd say. Then recently, after hitting 50+, I decided to give their Vitamin Code for Women over 50 a shot. I figured if I felt better on the previous one, I'd just go back to it. Well, there will be no turning back- I feel even better on the one for Women over 50! I have more energy and  I am sleeping better- which says a lot because I've have long-standing and severe insomnia since 2002. My sleep isn't perfect by any means, but there is enough of an improvement that I will continue to buy this multi, even with it's steep-ish price tag. It's fair to say that when it comes to multivitamins, you get what you pay for. I still take other supplements alongside this multi, but if I was to only take one supplement, Vitamin Code 50 & Wiser Women, would be it.

I purchased the bottle with 120 veg caps and it's recommended to take 4 per day, however, I only take 2 per day. I may increase to see if there are even more improvements. I've been taking them for a month and I can definitely say, it's the best multivitamin that I've taken. A multivitamin won't replace a great diet, but it can definitely help to fill in the gaps.

Let's have a look at what makes these vitamins so incredible: 

Description

  • 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

What RAW Means

No high heat, synthetic binders, fillers, artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors or additives commonly used in tablets.

Non-GMO Verified

Independent, third party verification.

Whole Food

RAW Food-Created Nutrients are blended in a base of organically grown fruits and vegetables together with food cofactors.

Vitamin Code 50 & Wiser Women is a comprehensive whole food multi-nutrient formula specifically formulated to meet the unique needs of women over 50, providing the nourishment the body craves to maintain optimal health and well-being.

23 organically grown fruits and vegetables add supporting antioxidants, vitamins and nutrient cofactors.

  • Breast and Thyroid Health
  • Bone Strength
  • Healthy Heart and Blood Pressure††
  • Live Probiotics and Enzymes Support Healthy Digestion
There are too many ingredients to list here, but you can check out the full list here or here

Retail $32USD /120 Veg caps

These vitamins are pricey but worth it. I really trust the quality and I'm definitely reaping the benefits. I am also getting a 2 month supply by taking half of the recommended dose, at least for now. I can honestly say, after loads of trial and lots of error, this is the best supplement that I've tried. 

They also have multivitamins for Men, Men over 50, a general one for Women, a weight loss multi, as well as Prenatal ones, etc. There is definitely something for everyone's needs. 

Have a look and let me know if you try them.



Thursday, July 8, 2021

Ipsy Beauty Bag June 2021



Here's a look at the June Ipsy bag that I received ๐Ÿ’„(received in july).

If you aren't familiar with Ipsy, they are a monthly beauty subscription that includes 5 deluxe beauty samples each month plus a makeup bag. Once you join, you fill out a personal profile and ipsy will customize your samples to match your preferences and profile information. 

Retails for $12 USD per month. Shipping to Canada is $2.95 each month. 

Ipsy also has add on items that you can choose if you like. The value of the add on items is very good compared to what you pay. The add on items ship for free with your monthly subscription.  

Ipsy June 2021 beauty bag:

๐Ÿ”…Farah conceal and set brush
๐Ÿ”…IBY eyeshadow in cinnamon roll
๐Ÿ”…Tarte lash paint Mascara 
๐Ÿ”…Tony moly Watermelon dew all over serum
๐Ÿ”…Coral sun SPF 15 coconut balm 
๐Ÿ”…Makeup bag


Tony Moly, lip balm, Tarte Mascara 

IBY eyeshadow in cinnamon roll

Farah conceal and set brush

Makeup bag



What do you think of this bag? I think the value isn't bad if you are in the USA. I definitely don't think a clear lip balm helps the bag's value as I can purchase one at the dollar store. Although my profile says that I have green eyes,I received copper eyeshadow which is not a good colour for me. This bag was Unfortunately a miss for me. However, I do appreciate the trial and the add on items ๐Ÿ’• 

Ipsy is a good budget friendly beauty subscription that would make a great gift for the beauty enthusiast in your life or for yourself, of course. It's a good way to try out new skincare and makeup products without breaking the bank. It would also be a great choice for anyone who is just getting into beauty products. 

You can learn more about Ipsy and sign up here.

Happy almost Friday! ๐Ÿ™Œ





Monday, June 28, 2021

WINNERS CELEBRATE GRAND OPENING IN LIONHEAD

BRAMPTON, ON - WINNERS, Canada’s largest off-price retailer, will celebrate the grand opening of its new location in Lionhead, on June 29th at 8:30 a.m. Located at 8405 Financial Dr Unit 9, the new store will offer over 17,213 square feet of designer and brand name merchandise for less than department and specialty store prices, every day. The store will feature fashions for the entire family as well as, jewelry, accessories and gift ware.

 

The new Brampton WINNERS will follow newly established health protocols, including new cleaning regimens, required use of face coverings, and encouraging social distancing throughout stores. For more information, please read the latest message from Ernie Herrman, TJX Chief Executive Officer and President, available on winners.ca.

 

“With the grand opening of the new Brampton location, WINNERS is meeting consumer demand for quality brand name merchandise,” explains Erin O’Brien, WINNERS spokesperson. “Our newest store will offer shoppers the designer names they know and trust, at prices well below department and specialty stores. With premier beauty, accessories and fashion arriving daily, the thrill of the find has never been better!"

 

“To mark the grand opening of the Brampton store, WINNERS will donate $5,000 to Family Services of Peel as part of their new charitable initiative, Find Your Stride,” O’Brien explains. “At TJX Canada, we are dedicated to helping women in vulnerable positions across Canada achieve economic independence so that they and their families can thrive in life. Supporting women and their families in the neighbourhoods where our stores are located is integral to our business and helps foster a sense of community for both our associates and customers alike.”

 

The grand opening ceremony will take place at 8:30 a.m., June 29th. Regular store hours are Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

Since opening its first store 36 years ago, the WINNERS name has become synonymous with off-price shopping. With more than 270 stores nationwide, WINNERS utilizes its tremendous buying power and strong vendor relationships to deliver high-quality, brand name merchandise at a great value. New items are always arriving, so WINNERS is never the same store twice.

 

For more information about WINNERS or for store locations, customers can call 1-877-WINN-877 or visit our website at winners.ca.





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. 



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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.



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