It’s about that time again!
Yes, if you haven’t turned on the radio, looked at the newest selections on Netflix, or been out to Hobby Lobby or any department store at the mall, Christmas is coming. With little more than a month until the most joyous time of year, the amount of time to get our own decorations in order, send out the Christmas cards, prepare the perfect holiday goody trays, and knock out Christmas bucket-lists is slowly dwindling. Did I forget to mention the monumental task of shopping for the perfect gift for each and every person on your list? I’m sure it has crossed your mind at least once or twice…
Christmas is an excellent time to show friends and family members that you care about their health and well-being by encouraging them to pursue it. The weeks leading up and into the new year are a time of new beginnings and motivation for change. Giving someone a tool to aid in their mission towards health and wellness could be all that they need to create lasting change. I also believe that in order to create healthier communities it is important to share with others what we know to be effective in positively influencing our health choices. What better way than to wrap up what we know to be helpful and place it under the Christmas tree to be shared on Christmas morning?
There are so many products on the market that make a healthier lifestyle more attainable and, honestly, more fun! Know someone who needs to decrease their stress level and find peace and relaxation in 2019? What about someone who could benefit by finding their way around the kitchen? Know anyone that keeps talking about finding the motivation to get to the gym but never seems to make it there? Here is a line-up of products offered on Amazon that I have personally used and promote that others can truly get excited about receiving.
I’ve tried quite a few masks in my lifetime and the Essential Oils Charcoal Detox Masks are my favorite! I am not a fan of peel masks and clay masks can get messy, so I love that this soft mask goes on comfortably and comes off with ease. My skin feels so fresh and hydrated after each use! The box comes with 5 individually packaged masks that are easy for those on-the-go! Give as a single gift or open the box and add a mask to each stocking you have to fill this year!
I received the Lavo Facial Cleansing Brush as a gift from Brennan at Our Home On Purpose and it has been a game changer for my skin. How many of y’all use a wash cloth or your loofah sponge (that you probably should have gotten rid of at least a month ago) to wash the day away from your face? That was me until I got my Lavo and I was shocked at the difference. The brush gets deep into your pores and exfoliates, knocking away dead skin cells while gently massaging your face. The set comes with the water-resistant handle, 2 brush heads (one soft and one firm), and a stand.
There are a few activated charcoal products that I love and Hello Activated Charcoal Toothpaste is one of them. The charcoal ingredient in this product acts as a natural detoxifier that gently polishes, removes surface stains, and freshens breath without the use of peroxide or fluoride. It is a certified vegan product and is made right here, in the USA! If you can get over the color of the toothpaste on your teeth, you will be satisfied with the end result! This bundle comes as a four-pack and can easily be split up and slipped in stockings!
So, I was a little weary about the InnoGear Essential Oil Diffuser when we first got it and that was simply because I don’t really like anything that is multi-colored and/or flashes. I’m a white lights at Christmas kind of gal, for sure. Regardless, the functionality far out-weighs the look of the diffuser. I work from home and I love that I get to run my diffuser whenever I want! It improves my mood and I feel less stressed when it is on. If you like oils with a fragrance, this diffuser is great at distributing scent throughout a large space. It also makes my office feel much less stuffy and the air less dry. For the price, this diffuser is just too good to pass up!
The only thing better than a steaming hot bath is a steaming hot bath with San Francisco Salt Co. Bath Salts. This variety pack includes lavender, eucalyptus, and unscented Dead Sea salts. The lavender is my absolute favorite as it has therapeutic qualities that leave me feeling calm and rested after a nice, long soak. The Dead Sea salt contains a variety of minerals that assist in cleansing, softening, and detoxifying your skin. You can gift the soaks as one gift or break them up and share the wealth with 3 lucky individuals on your list!
My sweet, sweet boyfriend got the Etekcity Shiatsu Neck and Back Massager for me following a lower back injury. I’m not sure if he did it because he was tired of hearing me complain or he truly felt bad for me, but either way it has helped me out many-a-time since that injury. It has 8 deep-kneading nodules with multiple speed and direction settings as well as a heating function that can be turned on or off. It relieves the aching muscles in my neck, back, and shoulders and can also be used on the thigh and calf muscles. It is the perfect size to travel with and can also be easily stored away when not in use.
Physical Activity and Fitness
You don’t understand how wonderful a Hydroflask is until you own one. It is the water bottle of choice in our home and I will preach to anyone and everyone about how much I love the brand. The bottle itself is the perfect size and fits nicely in my car’s cup holder, in any cardio machine cup holder, and in the side pouch of my hiking and camera bags. It has a powder exterior coating that makes it easy to hold and the sport cap allows me to drink with ease while working out. With a 24-hour guarantee, I’ve never had a water bottle that keeps my drinks so cold, for so long! They can also hold hot a drinks and keep them warm for up to 12 hours.
Who else hangs on to the free earbuds that Apple supplies with a phone upgrade? Though those head phones work just fine (and I certainly have my own collection of them), I recommend Beats by Dre Powerbeats3 Wifeless Headphones if you’re in the gym or on-the-go a lot. My brother introduced me to these and I was blown away at the sound quality. The ear apparatus is surprisingly very comfortable and secure (not to mention sweat resistant) and Bluetooth capabilities allow you the freedom to workout and move! They have a 12 hour battery life, so you can power through multiple workouts without having to charge.
Every square inch of the flooring in our home is hardwood, so having something I can do my floor exercises on is essential. The HemingWeigh Exercise Mat has been the answer to all of my problems! The mat itself is 1/2 an inch thick, 71″ long and 24″ wide and is made of material that does not slide on hard wood. Not to mention, the foam pad forms to your knees, elbows, and spine very comfortably. It comes with a strapping system that allows for easy transportation and storing. Pair with a essential oil cleaning spray for the perfect gift to encourage physical activity!
If you read 5 delicious (and Healthy) Slow Cooker Recipes that your Friends and Family will LOVE! you would know that I have personally owned the Aroma Rice Cooker since my freshman year of college, which is going on 7 years ago. The great thing about it is that you are not only limited to making rice in this baby! It is great for steaming meat and vegetables in the steaming tray all while the rice is cooking below. It is easy to operate and cooks the rice evenly, which is something I struggle with when cooking rice on the stove. It comes with the steam tray, measuring cup, and serving spatula and it is the perfect size for easy storage!
I hate to admit it, but I used to be a water snob. I would not drink tap water from the sink and insisted that my family buy a certain brand of water bottle. That all changed when I was introduced to the Brita Grand Water Pitcher. We have lived in a couple of different homes while owning the pitcher and in both homes the filter has made the water taste crisp and refreshing by eliminating odors and impurities. The pitcher is equipped with an anti-slip handle, locking lid, and electronic filter that indicates when the filter needs to be replaced. The maximum lifespan of one filter can eliminate up t0 300 standard 16.9 oz. water bottles!
I am a huge fan of HUGE cutting boards and the Katskill Craftsmen is just that! I try to do as much meal prep on the weekends as possible to ensure that we are eating clean throughout the week. I’m usually in the kitchen surrounded by piles of fruits and vegetables and can’t operate efficiently if I don’t have a large cutting board in front of me. The great thing about this cutting board is it is reversible so that you can keep your fruits and vegetables and meats on separate surfaces to avoid any cross-contamination. Another great feature is the juice groove that catches any runaway liquids, avoiding excess mess and clean-up!
Have you ever looked at the back of a dressing bottle from the shelf of any average grocery store? Next time, take a look at the sugar content and some of the other ingredients in your dressings. It may be just what you need to go buy the Kolder Salad Dressing Mixer Bottle to start making your own. This nifty kitchen essential is so empowering! It makes it easy for me to create yummy dressings and sauces all while knowing EXACTLY what is going in to the product. It makes for a very affordable stocking stuffer!
Food and Nutrition
Can you think of a more unique and fun way to store your spices? This set is perfect for anyone just starting out in the kitchen! It’s got all the essentials, basil, chili, ground cinnamon, ground cumin, garlic granules, oregano, paprika, rosemary, thyme and turmeric. All Pantry Basics spices are certified organic and sustainably harvested. The Gneiss jars can be stored traditionally, but the magnetic feature allows you to store them on your fridge or other kitchen appliance to allow for more cabinet space. By purchasing a metal wall plate you can also affix your jars to any space in your kitchen.
I initially was introduced to PB2 when I was doing meal replacement shakes. After using it in my shakes I found out that it was amazing in smoothies, oatmeal, and dips (it tastes amazing mixed with Greek yogurt). By adding a little bit of water you can also make the consistency more like traditional peanut butter. The powdered peanut butter contains 85% less fat than traditional peanut butters and is all-natural, preservative free, and contains no artificial sweeteners. PB2 also makes a chocolate powdered peanut butter which is equally as good!
This is the ultimate sampler box for anyone that loves tea, or wants to start drinking more tea. The Stash Tea Sampler Box comes with 120 individually packaged tea bags with a variety of different flavors. Some of my personal favorites are Ginger Orange, Chai Vanilla, and Mango Passion Fruit. They come in a beautiful wooden box for storage and can be repurposed after consumption of the tea. Pair with Stakish Wildflower Honey Stix for the perfect Christmas gift!
We all lead busy lives. Some of us think about reading and chuckle trying to imagine having a chunk of time to sit down and enjoy reading material. I typically squeeze my reading time in right before bed or when we’re on the road traveling at night, so I am thankful for the LuminoLite Book Light (especially since I still appreciate an actual, printed book). It has 3 different brightness settings and is perfect for a private reading space while your partner sleeps or is driving. It is super lightweight and has a flexible neck to adjust and position the light. The battery is also rechargeable, so no dealing with the purchase of new batteries!
Know someone that needs to get organized in 2019 and enjoys creativity? Well, the Leuchtturm Bullet Journal is the perfect gift for that person! If you have no idea what a bullet journal is, do a quick search on Pinterest and browse the never-ending possibilities. Meal planning systems, shopping lists, sleeping logs, spending logs, weight-loss trackers, you name it! Pair the journal with colorful pens and stencils so your loved one can get to work right away! The journal comes in a variety of colors and you can choose between a soft or hard-cover.
So, you may be wondering “What in the world does this gadget have to do with someone’s health?” Well, your safety has everything to do with your health and well-being. If you don’t feel safe and secure, your health is jeopardized, whether you realize it or not. My boyfriend bought one of the Schumacher SL1314 Jump Packs and unfortunately I was the first to have to use it. As a woman with little experience with cars, the jump pack gives me so much security and confidence that I can get the job done on my own if my battery decides to quit on me. I don’t have to rely on finding someone else to jump me and I can get my car back up and running in less than a minute. I truly think that every one should have one of these, especially at the price point. Give yourself peace 0f mind that your loved ones are safe by sliding one of these under the tree this year!
If you have any questions about any of the products or my experience with them, please do not hesitate to ask!