Detox Your Body With Fruit-Infused Water

Can I tell you one of my favorite things about walking into a tropical resort, destination hotel, or spa center? … It’s the abundance and availability of fruit-infused water. I know, I know… I’m easy to please; it’s just one of the simple pleasures and little luxuries I can rarely resist.

Gimme some strawberries or citrus slices in plain ole tap water, and I feel like I’m somewhere exotic and foreign. Hydration with fresh fruity flavor… it really doesn’t get easier or more refreshing. I love it, and, better yet, so do my kids! They generally want juice, so it makes me so happy that I can get them drinking H20 with a few fruit chunks!

Beyond the benefits of hydration and flavor, I never really gave fruit-infused water too much consideration. But then I was introduced to Simply Fae, a beautiful lifestyle site launched by NYC wellness enthusiast, _. She believes in the detoxifying powers of fruit-infused water, and is sharing her wealth of knowledge with Momtrends. “Detoxing is what your body does naturally each and every day to neutralize, transform, or get rid of unwanted materials or toxins.  You can improve & optimize your own body’s detoxification by supplementing meals with detox drinks,” Fae says. (P.S. you didn’t see our Facebook Live, head on over and watch Fae in action.)

Fae doesn’t encourage using detox water as a cleanse (and we love that, because we like to eat around here!), but she does promote drinking one bottle a day. I can do that… You can do that! Heck, even my littles can handle that!

Each ingredient has its own benefits for detox water. For example, strawberries are rich in antioxidants, which can help to flush toxins, fight inflammation, and boost the immune system. Citrus aids in digestion, bolsters the immune system, rejuvenates skin, supports weight loss, and can help prevent kidney stones.

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When Fae stopped by our Dumbo offices, she made us a batch of strawberry, lemon, and mint water which couldn’t have been light and brighter and more rejuvenating for summer–and now we can wait to try a few more recommended varietals, like strawberry, kiwi, mint water–yum!

To see all of Fae’s favorite recipes, visit her site Simply Fae. Cheers to good health and beautiful Instagram accounts.

DIY easy detox water recipes to make at home

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3 Ways for Moms to De-Stress

Motherhood can be stressful… Amen. And for all sorts of different, overlapping, switching reasons. From babies who won’t nap to toddlers who wake up too early to teens who you can’t get out of bed at all. From battles over teeth-brushing and breakfast-eating and homework-finishing and car-borrowing and, for the love, putting your shoes in the shoe basket for once! From too many activities and too much laundry to not enough money, time, or sleep, being a parent can be hard. Today, we’re sharing three ways to help you de-stress.

Unlike other jobs, motherhood doesn’t have a closing whistle each day or days off. It’s 24/7 which means in the middle of the craziness, we moms need to find time for self-care. Self-care is not selfish. It’s vital for keeping you – and therefore your family – healthy and happy. Here are three ways we are de-stressing and self-caring this month.

De-Stress Solution #1: Meditate

Really, you can do it! Meditation has been shown to reduce blood pressure, anxiety, depression, insomnia and more.

Level 1: Put on TV show for the kids. Go to bathroom. Lock door. Sit on floor or toilet lid or lay in empty bathtub. Set your phone timer for 3 minutes. Just breeeeeathe.

Level 2: Download a guided meditation app. There are a bunch of good free ones we’ve shared before here. Most let you choose your time (2 minutes to infinity), your focus (breathing? stress reduction? anxious?) and sometimes extras like background sounds or music (babbling brook, anyone?). The apps are good for giving you tips and tools on how to refocus your attention, re-frame your thinking, and use meditation to help you manage life.

Level 3: Get Muse. Of course, one of the questions that can come up when you start to meditate is – how do I know that I’m, you know, actually doing it? Which is a great question! And hard to self-evaluate. That’s where Muse comes in. While sitting quietly definitely still has its benefits for parents, Muse is a brain-sensing headband that tracks your brain activity to show you if you’re actually quieting that never-ending to-do list.

Muse uses the tracking headband and an accompanying app to give you feedback about when your brain is in a calm, neutral or active state. The feedback comes in the form of sounds – if you choose the Beach option, you’ll hear gentle water lapping when you’re calm and rougher seas when your mind starts to wander. I liked the Ambient Music option, but there is also Downtown City, Rain Forest and Desert. At the end of your session, you can see a graph of your brainwaves, how much time you spent in each of the three categories and how many times you were able to “recover” – move from an active brain back to a neutral or calm state. The goal is not eternally to be in the calm state (though that does sound nice….), but instead of get better at training your brain to come back to attention. After using it every day for a week, I could already see an improvement in my ability to quiet my mind. See how zen Muse has made me?

De-Stress Solution #2: Aromatherapy

Fresh brewed coffee. An ocean breeze. You know the impact your favorite smells can have on you. Changing up the smells around your home can have a big impact on your attitude, stress, mood and outlook – for the kids too! The best part is that it takes almost no time. So you can keep running around prepping for that work meeting and making lunches and helping with homework all while you are getting some aromatherapy zen at the same time.

Level 1: Light a calming scented candle that you love. Do this right before homework time, doing dishes or paying bills.

Level 2: Diffuse essential oil. Diffusing is an easy way to experience the aromatherapy benefits of essential oils without having to do much work. I’m loving this gorgeous faux marble diffuser from Saje as well as their new sparkly Aromagem Diffusers. Saje has a number of de-stressing essential oil blends too like Unwind, Good Karma and Gratitude that are specifically designed to relieve stress and boost your mood.

Level 3: Have your own favorite scents? Mix up your own essential oil blends with a carrier oil in a spray bottle or roller ball. Keep them around the house or office so you can refresh as needed throughout the day.

De-Stress Solution #3: Camaraderie

One thing that always helps manage stress? Knowing you aren’t alone.

Level 1: Call a friend. Parenting can keep you running from one thing to the next. While you’re waiting for swimming practice to be over, take 5 minutes to call a girlfriend and catch up. Chances are, you’ll both benefit!

Level 2: Plan a girl’s night. Whether you go out or stay in, plan an evening with a few close friends. Laugh. Share. Catch up. Maybe enjoy a bottle of Mommy’s Time Out wine. Connect with others so that you can get perspective, support and a break!

Level 3: Plan a weekend away! Yes, a whole weekend. If you’ve never done it, it can feel impossible to actually do, but so magical once you’re there. Coffee when it’s hot? The ability to talk about something other than Minecraft? Sleeping in?! Grab some girlfriends, choose a location and make a commitment to get out of town!

How do you de-stress?

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Exploring Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort at Kaplankaya

Like most busy moms, I find myself giving everything I have to my kids, my husband, my job, my friends…basically everyone but me. I’m sure I’m not alone right? We’re all too often guilty of neglecting ourselves. At the end of the day, there’s just not much left to devote to us. So, travel has become my respite. I try to fit in a getaway whenever my schedule allows and they always have one thing in common…I must be able to relax. I’m game for a fun activity as much as the next girl, but my number one goal for vacation is to come back well rested.

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That being said, sometimes a vacay just isn’t in the cards and I’ve found that simply planning one for the future or daydreaming about a spot on my travel lust list can help center me. On that note, I just added another destination to said lust list. The brand new Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort at Kaplankaya, located on the idyllic sun-kissed Aegean coast, is right up my R&R lovin’ alley.

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Not only will you find spectacular natural beauty, ancient ruins and archeological sites, but being that it’s a Canyon Ranch property you can expect a luxurious environment with a focus on well-being. Who wouldn’t want to spend some quality time at the Canyon Ranch Spa or Fitness and Health + Healing Center? Count this girl in! You can choose from 38 treatment rooms where you will be able to enjoy rejuvenating treatments combining traditional and Eastern medicine practices. There is nothing like the wellness experience Canyon Ranch is known for!

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So, if it’s been a while since you put some me time on your calendar, why not start planning that wellness getaway you so deserve? The Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort at Kaplankaya is just what the doctor ordered!

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Do You Diva? We Try the Diva Menstrual Cup

“Do you Diva?” This is what a dear friend of mine asked me in her kitchen over cocktails nearly a year ago. After my blank stare, she proceeded to tell me about a tampon-alternative known as the Diva menstrual cup. Today on Momtrends, we give you the scoop on this other way to deal with your monthly visit from dear “Aunt Flow”.

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I can still vividly remember the look on my face as my friend explained what the DivaCup was and how to use it. It was something like this:

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Fast-forward to a year later and every month as I bought (and thrown away) more and more tampons, the DivaCup came to mind. While I’ve never had any issues with tampons, the cost and waste reminders made me start to slowly, sloooowly be more intrigued with menstrual cups.

Let’s get down to all the nitty-gritty questions that I had and you may be having too – grossed-out face totally okay:

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What is the DivaCup?
The DivaCup is a flexible, un-pigmented silicone cup that is designed to be worn during your menstrual cycle as an alternative to tampons or pads.

It looks kind of big…
The DivaCup comes in two sizes (details here), but when you fold it up, it’s almost comparable in diameter to a tampon. Almost.

How do you, um, get it in there?
I’ll presume you know the correct location, but it is a bit different philosophy compared to a tampon. The goal is to insert the The DivaCup more horizontally, toward the tailbone. To insert you, you fold it in half twice into a tight “U”. (The DivaCup website also lists an alternative method.) Once inserted, you rotate it 360° to ensure that the cup opens and gets into position. While it may seem a bit stiff at the onset, the DivaCup is made of soft silicone that actually softens with body heat. You do need to be a bit more comfortable with your lady parts than with a pad or tampon. There is a helpful, non-graphic video here.

How long can you wear it?
DivaCup can be worn up to a maximum of ten to twelve consecutive hours and should be emptied, washed and rinsed a minimum of two to three times daily. According to their website, most women need only to empty it in the morning and again in the evening.

How do you get it out?
Ideally, when the DivaCup is in place, it will have formed a leak-free seal, so you may have to gently press on the side of the cup to break the seal and remove the cup. Then there is a short silicone stem that you use to remove it.

What if I’m in a public bathroom?
Good question – here’s what the DivaCup website says: “Wash your hands thoroughly before entering the stall, empty the contents in the toilet and simply use a dry or damp tissue to clean the cup. At the next convenient time, clean as per the above instructions.”

Can I sleep/swim with it?
Yes and yes – though I did read some mishap stories about swimming…

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Still with me? Still intrigued? Here are some of the benefits of using a menstrual cup.

Benefits of the Diva Cup

  • Cost – According to one survey, the average woman can spend easily $120+ a year on pads and tampons while the Diva Cup is a one-time fee of about $28.
  • Convenience – There is no remembering to bring enough tampons to make it through your work day/event/weekend. The Diva Cup can be emptied and reused as often as you need. And you’ll change it less often than you do a tampon.
  • Eco-friendly – The average American woman will use more than 16,000 tampons or pads in her lifetime! With a Diva Cup, are you dramatically reducing your vajayjay’s carbon footprint.
  • Gentler – Tampons have been found to cause vaginal dryness and even tiny lacerations! Between the soft silicone of the DivaCup and the fact that you don’t have to change it all day, your insides will thank you.
  • Space-saving – Huzzah! You just gained back an entire drawer in your bathroom, pocket of your purse, and zippered compartment in your suitcase.
  • Smell – We are getting real here, ladies. Menstrual flow only begins to develop an odor when it is exposed to air. Since the DivaCup is worn internally, period odor is a thing of the past.

And another benefit I heard about from an experienced “Diva-er”?

“One of the best unintended consequences about using a menstrual cup is the benefits it gives your sex life. Keeping the cup in place very gently engages your pelvic floor muscles, more so than tampons, and using a cup means you’re not dehydrating your vag while also avoiding the micro-tears that tampons can cause.” – D.H.

My Experience

When I’ve talked to more experienced “Diva-ers”, they all said not to base my opinion off my first month’s experience. They said it can take a few times to figure out the best folding and insertion method for you, how to ensure you get it in position, and mastering the removal. Plus, every month you only get a few days to practice! That being said, my first month with Diva has been….great! I was pretty apprehensive, but I found it surprisingly easy to wear. Once you get it in place, you feel absolutely nothing, and I love that I don’t have to carry tampons with me or change it throughout the day. I haven’t tried swimming with it yet, but from sitting to sleeping, errands to exercising, I haven’t even thought about it while I do daily life. Zero leaks. Zero hassle.

Tip From Expert “Diva-ers”:

  • Relax when inserting your cup. Also, wet it first with warm water to soften up the silicone.
  • Experiment with different insertion folds.
  • Figure out your anatomy – if it doesn’t feel right or leaks then it isn’t placed right.
  • Be patient with the learning curve. Give yourself at least three periods before deciding menstrual cups aren’t for you, and experiment with different types of cups if the first one you try is a real no-go.
  • If the “stem” bothers you, trim it.
  • Use a gentle, unscented, silicone-safe soap to clean your DivaCup.

Are you ready to Diva?? Visit Amazon to buy and be sure to visit the DivaCup website where there is a lot more information, Q&As, and tips.

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Mother Zen: 3 Meditation Apps to Try

Let’s be honest: motherhood can be stressful. Between too little sleep and and too much caffeine, littles who want to be in constant physical contact with you, and bigs that are learning the art of the eye roll, being a mom can tough. How do you cope? When I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed, I tend to turn to one my three go-to de-stressers: exercise if it’s in the middle of the day, wine if I’ve made it to the evening, or when I’m especially busy and only have mere minutes to regroup, a mediation app.

Meditation Apps to Try

I didn’t have any meditation experience when I downloaded my first app a few years ago, but I quickly became a fan. I found that 3 to 5 minutes (or 10 when I could spare it!) of focused breathing with a guided meditation would lower my stress, push off that headache, and renew me enough to get back out there breaking up kid arguments, tackling my to-do list and getting through the day without losing my cool.

I’ve tried a number of mediation apps now and I think the key is finding one with a voice that actually soothes you. Some of the apps had speakers who irritated me more or made me roll my eyes with their over-the-top “soothing”. To get you started, here are three to try.

HEADSPACE APP

Headspace – – iOS, GooglePlay, Amazon, & web

Headspace is one of the most widely used mediation apps in the world with over a million users worldwide. This was the very first meditation app I downloaded and one of the things I liked best about it were introduction videos on how to meditate. It’s worth taking the time to watch these if you’re a newbie to meditating. Instead of clearing your mind when you meditate, these videos helped me to realize the goal is to just step back and notice all the thoughts and feelings going on – not attempt to vacate your mind. Headspace offers you their Take 10 session for free – 10 days of 10-minute meditations to help you start to develop the mediation habit. After that, you’ll need to subscribe for access to more meditations – $12.95/mo or $96/year. Depending on whether you like the voice of UK host Andy Puddicombe or not may play a large role in whether or not you like Headspace. Still, the Take 10 is free and a good foundation for anyone looking to learn more about mediation.

STOP, BREATHE & THINKStop, Breath, Think – iOS, Android, & web

This was the very first meditation app I downloaded and its still one that I return to. First off, it’s free so it’s a great way to just try out meditation. It also has a “Learn How to Meditate” section with some pointers for newbies like me. I also love that it starts each mediation session with a “check-in”. You click off boxes that describe your mental, physical and emotional outlook at the moment. Then the app recommends meditations based on your choices. You can also skip this step and go directly to the list of meditations to choose your own like the Mindful Breathing one which is one of my favorites since it’s simple and lets you choose between a 3, 5 or 10 minute session. A truly great feature when I only have a few minutes to squeeze in some moments of zen.

BUDDIFY

Buddify – iOS and Android

This was the first meditation app I decided to pay for and so far I’ve been very pleased. It offers the unique feature of meditations designed to be listened to while you’re doing things. So if you don’t have time to close your eyes in a quiet room for 10 minutes, Buddify has meditations that you can listen to while you’re working online, eating lunch, trying to go to sleep at night, or walking to work. You simple choose your activity or emotion from the color wheel of options, and then choose from the sub-menu of meditation options under that heading. Each heading has 3-7 different meditations to choose from that have different time lengths, focuses and speakers.  As you try them out, you’ll learn which ones speak to you best. The app also has a great tracking system so you can keep track of your mental state, meditation minutes and numbers of days you’ve meditated in the last week.

Have you ever tried a meditation app? What are your favorites?

 

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Fitting in Family Fitness

David Kirsch's Ultimate Family Wellness

Fitting in workouts is never easy for busy parents. Add in the stress of the holidays and workout routines go right out the window. David Kirsch has a new book out to help us stay on the right path–David Kirsch’s Ultimate Family Wellness: The No Excuses Program for Diet, Exercise and Lifelong Health and it’s perfect for those of us trying to make meaningful moments with our kids AND stay healthy and strong.

“David’s philosophy gives you creative, realistic and exciting ways to help you and your whole family be healthy together.” – Liv Tyler

David has trained some of the most photographed moms around–Heidi Klum, Jennifer Lopez, Live Tyler and more. He’s got a great personal training studio in Manhattan and he creates some amazing fitness programs for stars. But David wants to give his tips to everyone, not just a-listers. That’s why he invited my girls to his studio for a workout–to tell me about his everyday fitness philosophy.

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Here’s how David wants you to think about fitness, it’s part of a bigger concept. You need to fuel yourself well, find time to enjoy life, and build a strong body. He knows we can’t all spend hours at the gym. The book is meant to inspire you to get the workouts in when you can, where you can, make them fun and involve the family. David is a single dad with twin 6 year olds. He knows what it means to be stretched thin.

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For our family workout, we focused on activities the kids can join in. He showed his great technique at adding a twist to the push-ups–add two girls. We did jumps, lunges and jumping jacks. It was all about bursts of activity that were focused and fun.

Ultimate Family Wellness provides information on how to improve nutrition and maintain physical fitness for you and your kids. There’s shoping lists, workouts and advice for making time for family wellness. David Kirsch calls it his “no-excuses 5-5-5® exercise and diet program.” You make changes and, in turn, your family sees you setting the example. Everyone gains a true appreciation for fitness and health.

Are you heading into the holidays already over your ideal weight? The 5-5-5 can get help you re-set your eating and workouts. When it comes time to workout, try family time in the gym, scooter rides, swimming, running and hop scotch. David puts the fun back into workouts.

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It’s always a good time to make a move towards living more vitally. This book can help you set a good course and set a good example. Get the book on Amazon 

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Get more information about David and his workouts davidkirschwellness.com

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Unboxing Summer Fab Fit Fun

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Make the most of the last weeks of summer with this FabFitFun great beauty, health and wellness box. Check out the summer box of full-size samples valued at more than $225.

 

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FabFitFun is made in partnership with E! News host, reality star and author Giuliana Rancic, FFF provides readers with smart, simple steps to becoming your most fabulous self.

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Nova Scotia Organics Review & a Giveaway

Have you ever heard the phrase “Pay Now or Pay Later” when talking about your health? It is a little motto I play over and over again whenever I think about the cost of my organic lifestyle vs a more conventional one.  By choosing an organic diet, I avoid harmful chemicals, GMO’s, pesticides and herbicides. I put a lot of thought into all that my family eats, including myself, but until recently I did not put my energies into our choice of vitamins. I knew enough to purchase ones made from whole foods, but until Nova Scotia Organics, I had not found USDA certified organic, whole-foods vitamins for my whole family.

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I have been regularly taking the Women’s pre and post natal vitamin and I love how gentle it is on my stomach. Our family also has begun taking probiotics, but I never realized how important it is to take both a pre and probiotic supplement. I feel healthy, energized and when I was struck with a sinus infection last week, I fought it in such a short period of time, even my ENT was shocked. “You are what you eat” and having a clean gut due to the pre-probiotic supplement from Nova Scotia Organics has noticeably improved my overall wellness. A huge bonus for this busy mama of three is that the pre-probiotic supplement does not need to be refrigerated. (It is available in both in chewables and in a powder form. I prefer to mix the powder into fresh juice.)

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Nova Scotia Organics offers a full and complete line of vitamins, minerals, supplements, solutions and healthy foods snacks (YOU just have to try their freeze-dried apples, I have never tasted anything like them!) and all of the products are not only USDA organic certified, but are made with quality ingredients that will only do your body good.

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Nova Scotia Organics™ is the culmination of one woman’s life’s work to identify, source and combine organic ingredients with preventative health properties, and to manufacture products with many of the problem solving capabilities of our original pantry and pharmacy: Nature.  Short of going to the gym for you, Nova Scotia Organics has done much of the hard work, creating a USDA Certified Organic line of vitamins, supplements, and snack foods.

 Take time to read our labels and our product descriptions, but all you really need to see is our logo to know you’re getting the ingredients you want, and none of the herbicides, pesticides or GMOs you don’t.

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Once you try their freeze-dried organic snacks, you’ll see why I LOVE them! The snacks have revolutionized our lunch boxes!

Nova Scotia Organics offers a full line of amazing products to help heal, manage your health, support your immune system as well as improve your overall wellness. You won’t find another full line of vitamins and supplements that are made with whole foods and are certified USDA organic.

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Busy Mom’s Guide to Dealing with Colds & Flu

 

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Mr. Momtrends came home sick today. There’s nothing worse than seeing your husband down for the count. He’s a huge part of what keeps our family going. Now not only am I brewing tea for him, we’re now playing defense “man down” when it comes to parenting. If your house runs like ours, you know we need all the players in prime shape. A few weeks ago, I was in the same spot. We keep the right supplies on hand to make sure we bounce back as quickly as possible now that cold and flu season is officially upon us.

The Mr. and I both have full-time work and co-parent the girls. We’re always looking for tips to keep ourselves feeling healthy, Vicks offers DayQuil Severe and NyQuil Severe with maximum strength ingredients to relieve the worst cold and flu symptoms. In addition to keeping these remedies on hand, my best tip to navigating illness is to cut back. I clear my calendar and make rest a top priority. I cut out sweets and remove dairy from my diet. When I’m sick, I focus my diet on nourishing foods like citrus and herbal teas (my favorite is verbena tea from Kusmi).

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Though there is always tons of work on my plate, I know staying up late won’t help anything. To speed up recovery, I have to sleep. No other nighttime medicine relieves more cold/flu symptoms than NyQuil Severe*. I get the rest I need to help my body fight back. NyQuil Severe contains a pain reliever/fever reducer, nasal decongestant, cough suppressant and antihistamine all to temporarily relieve aches, fever, sore throat, nasal/sinus congestion and pressure, sneezing, running nose and cough.

While I love a good workout, now is not the time for training, at most I will rely on stretching or light yoga is the perfect thing to alleviate aches.

When I have to get out for school drop off or another essential event, I rely on Vicks DayQuil Severe. No other non-drowsy medicine relieves more cold/flu symptoms*.

Four quick recovery tips from Nurse Practitioner Barb Dehn:

1. Don’t Spread It. You’re most contagious in the first 24 hours when your symptoms are at their worst. If you have two or more of these symptoms, stay home to rest: fever over 101oF, cough, sore throat, running nose, headache, body aches, chills, or fatigue.
2. Say no to stress. Now is not the time to plan the school benefit on top of your other responsibilities. Stress can influence the symptoms of cold, cough and flu by interfering with how the immune system functions. To keep your immune system strong, make sure to get plenty of rest and sleep all the time, not just when you’re sick.
3. Elevate the head of the bed. Place a pillow under your mattress to raise the upper body from the waist up. This allows blood to flow away from the head and reduce inflammation of the air passages. Using extra pillows can also ease body aches by taking the pressure off hips, knees and back. Remember to wash your linens quickly once you recover.
4. Take a hot shower before bed. Steam and humidity can cause sinuses to drain and relieve stuffiness from a cold. It can also help you to relax, and ease chills, aches and fatigue. Put your towel and/or bathrobe in the dryer so that you don’t feel chilled when you get out, and make sure the room is nice and warm.

Don’t just take it from me. Better Home & Gardens just announced that Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil Severe has been named Best New Cold and Cough Remedy in the 2015 Better Homes and Gardens Best New Products Awards (BNPA). The BNPA is the most credible, consumer-voted awards program in the U.S., and represents the unbiased voice of consumers nationwide.

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Here at Momtrends we hope all parents stay healthy during this season. If the germs find their way into your home, rest assured Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil Severe will help you feel like yourself again. Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil Severe provides relief from your worst cold symptoms helping you power through your days and get the rest you need at night.

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Swopper Chair Review & Giveaway

Get ready to put a whole new bounce into your work day. and I mean literally.

The Swopper Chair is a unique chair that is as fun to use as it is effective.

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Swopper The Swopper Chair is an alternative to your traditional office chair that allows you to move while you sit. It brings a workout right to your desk and helps improve posture, circulation, back pain and strengthens muscles – burning calories, too.

Daily life can mean hours of sitting. The Swopper Chair takes advantage of that sitting time and turns into idle, body aching and uncomfortable sitting and turns it into a chance to move! I have been personally trying out the Swopper for a good two weeks and I can say, after only a brief period of adjustment, I am loving the Swopper chair. It is fun, innovative, comfortable (no more aching upper thighs or lower back!) and we have noticed that The Swopper Chair helps us to be more productive in shorter amount of time. We attribute this to being able to sit and focus without having to take a break from sitting every 15-20 minutes.

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Your body cries out for activity. Take heed of it.
The Swopper Chair is the first ergonomic office chair in the world to move in all three dimensions. For dynamic, ergonomic sitting. The function, design and engineering of the Swopper have won many awards. However, our greatest reward is that the Swopper chair fulfills your individual needs. Every second you sit on it. And move on it.

Good circulation. Good mood.
Sitting on the Swopper chair makes you straighten the upper part of your body, which frees the diaphragm, helping you breathe deeper and stimulate circulation. The result is better performance and higher concentration. Apart from that, bouncing up and down is good for the mind and soul – because it is pure, simple fun.

Always in motion.
By keeping balance on the sprung seat your body is always slightly in motion. Since The Swopper Chair can tilt towards your working surface, there is no longer any need to hunch your back.

Training for your muscles.
Your entire body is slightly in motion all the time on the Swopper, so practically all muscle groups remain active and well supplied with blood. The entire musculoskeletal or locomotor system is strengthened and can better keep your back upright. An active back cannot tense up and causes no pain.

Keeping ligaments and joints fit.
Moving your joints, even when sitting, stimulates the formation of synovia (joint fluid). This prevents arthritis and tightens the ligaments and tendons. In this way you can avert joint diseases.

The age-old problem: strait jacket sitting.
Life means motion. The human body is not made for staying in one and the same position for hours on end. No wonder that almost 80% of the population of industrial nations suffer from backache. On a conventional office chair your body is locked in a seat pan between two armrests and the backrest and has to adapt to the inflexibility of the seat. The result: hunched back, tension, pain.

The solution: sit your way free!
The ergonomic, sprung, active Swopper swivel chair adapts itself to you – not vice versa. Thanks to its worldwide unique flexibility, the Swopper chair provides active sitting in three dimensions: backwards, forwards, sideways and up and down too. This dynamic supports and encourages healthy sitting in ever-changing positions. Scientific studies confirm that on the Swopper chair you move twice as much as on conventional seats.

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