Is Breathe Right The Right Solution For Allergy Sufferers? A Review

Is Breathe Right The Right Solution For Allergy Sufferers? A Review

Over the last few days, my allergies have been keeping me awake at night, with breathing problems, so I decided, I am going to try something new. Breathe Right Nasal strips have been on the market for a while, and have been advertised everywhere, but I do not know anyone who has actually used them. Well, I decided that it was time to give them a  try, I had nothing to loose.

Breathe Right Strips

My first shock was that they are actually pretty expensive, priced as high as over-the-counter allergy medicine, such
as Claritin. There are cheaper generic brands available, but the price difference did not seem enough to me, to warrant testing them, before the original product.

I was surprised at how sticky the strip felt, which made me feel at ease, at first, because I assumed that this would mean the strip was going to stick. Following the instructions precisely was easy, the placement of the breathe right natural and fast. What I did not count on, is that after about two hours, it stopped sticking to my nose on one side. I reapplied it, went to sleep, and woke up with that one side not sticking again, and with the same breathing problems, I already had in the first place.

For me, as a severe allergy sufferer, the strips did nothing, expect not stick for the 12 hours it says that they can be worn. These strips might bring some relief, if you have a mild cold, and do not want to take medication, so the next time anyone in the family has these symptoms, I will let them try it. I did feel like the strip was trying to pull up my nostrils which only emphasises what I am already thinking: this strip is made for those with a mild cold, and not with allergies, even though it says so on the package.

The positive side is, that despite the fact that I have very sensitive skin, I had no reaction to the strip, which is wonderful, as I tend to break out to just about everything.

Conclusion and Verdict:

Try this product if you have a cold, and want to get some sleep. Place the strip on your nose, right before going to bed, and make sure that you placed it right the first time, as it will lose its sticking power even more, if you pull it off your face, and re-adjust it. The Breathe Right Strips are not meant for those with severe allergies.

Check out this alternative to the Breathe Right Strips, to ease your nasal congestion, due to allergies:

Claritin ReadyTabs offer a 24-hour relief from outdoor allergies, without having to swallow a tablet.
Simply place the tablet on your tongue and allow it to dissolve, which it does within a very short period of time. For over-the-counter relief, there is nothing better. Available on Amazon now!

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Save even more by getting a bundle! Here are my favorites, with each DVD now less than $10.

Multiplication & More Math Collection:


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This DVD bundle includes: Multiplication Rap DVD, Division Rap DVD, and Fractions & Decimals DVD. Kids discover what multiplication math is all about, learn facts through 12, and practice skip counting. Plus, kids learn division math concepts and facts and begin working with fractions and decimals. These fun math songs and zany characters hold attention and get results!




Early Math Collection:

This DVD bundle includes:Money & Making Change DVD, Telling Time DVD, and Addition & Subtraction Rap DVD. This math DVD set is a fun way to boost math skills for the early grades. Math facts are easy to learn with fun music and exciting animation. Kids learn all about counting coins and bills and practice making change. They’ll also learn to tell time to the hour, half hour, and minute using traditional analog clocks.



Science Collection:


This DVD bundle includes: Physical Science DVD, Earth Science DVD, Life Science DVD, and the Human Body DVD. Award winning actor Vic Mignogna gives a voice to Marko the Pencil, who whisks learners away to his Super Science Station for an unforgettable adventure in learning. Special bonus sections present material as it might be found on a science test. And with Marko’s test-taking tips, students are sure to improve on standardized tests.



Sight Words Collection:


This DVD bundle includes: Sight Words Level 1 DVD, Sight Words Level 2 DVD, and Sight Words Level 3 DVD. Sight words are the most frequently used words in the English language, and these DVDs helps students read them automatically. This set covers all pre-primer Dolch words, all primer Dolch words, all 1st Grade Dolch words, and many words from Fry’s list.

A Positive Thought For Today: Inspiration: Dreams – A Guest Post By Troi J. Cluse

Today’s positive and inspirational post is a Guest Post by Troi J. Cluse. You can find this talented blogger at her blog Stop by, and give her some love!

Inspiration: Dreams

Positive Thought For The Day: Dreams

Dreams | Noun

– A series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep

– A state of mind in which someone is or seems to be unaware of their immediate surroundings.

– Cherished aspiration, ambition, or ideal

– An unrealistic or self-deluding fantasy

– A person or thing perceived as wonderful or perfect


“So many people will tell you ”no”, and you need to find something you believe in so hard that you just smile and tell them ”watch me”. Learn to take rejection as motivation to prove people wrong. Be unstoppable. Refuse to give up, no matter what. It’s the best skill you can ever learn.” ― Charlotte Eriksson

My Dreams…

– Financial Freedom

– Travel Around the World

– Tag Buildings Around the World with my Art

– Own my first home before the age of 30.

– My First Home will be A Mansion!

– Purchase Any & Everything my Family Desires

– Create my own Fashion Line

– Open my own Fashion Store

– Showcase at Gallery Showings, Conventions, and Art shows without the worry of cost.

– NEVER have to Worry About Retirement

A positive thought for the day


It’s always difficult when you have a Dream or a goal that you want to accomplish. In life, you have to fight for the things you want; nothing gets handed to you. Although the journey may be rough, ALWAYS remember what the journey is for, ALWAYS remember what you’re struggling to accomplish. Never let go of that Dream!

Don’t let the obstacles of the world distract you from what you want most. If the distraction is too much for you to handle, then make your Dream BIGGER!

What are your Dreams?

Stop Snoring Now! Snoring Is More Than Annoying!

Stop Snoring Now! Snoring Is More Than Annoying!

The following article “Snoring Is More Than Annoying” is a guest post by Christian Goodman and is a part of my healthy sleep series. This post may contain affiliate links.

Snoring Is More Than Annoying!
by Christian Goodman

Whether you want to know about why people snore or find ways to cure it, you’ll find information without having to search very hard. Given the number of people who snore, it’s no wonder that it is a very popular topic.

But unless you’ve ever been caught sitting in a crowded airport terminal on a Friday afternoon, waiting to catch a delayed flight home with your head thrown back, your mouth gaping wide while children sit around your feet laughing uncontrolled, well, you just haven’t fully understood the embarrassment that snoring can bring to your life.

Attempting a restful plane ride seems reasonable enough until you realize that everyone around you was either annoyed or having a laugh during your slumber.

Stop Snoring Now! Snoring Is More Than Annoying!Those who live with us may be accustomed to our snoring. However, they do not – cannot – understand the mortifying feelings the snorer himself.

Does anything really compete with having to be jostled or tapped by someone when we’re making a spectacle of ourselves in a crowded situation?

Knowing that you’ve been disruptive is minuscule when compared to the humiliation of actually being caught. And the piano recitals, the high school graduations, weddings there is simply no end to the indignity that a snorer must suffer.

What are our options to avoid this? Tons of caffeine to become a jittery mess instead of a noise maker? Just staying home?

Maybe you can find the most uncomfortable position possible to ensure that you stand absolutely no chance of dozing when you’re in any public situation. Or perhaps you can just commit yourself to forever avoiding churches, chairs, or warm auditoriums.

The Stop Snoring Exercise Program makes it possible to live ‘snore-free.’

No matter what the culprit of your snoring is, The Stop Snoring Exercise Program can tackle the problem.

Snoring can be a sound of the past with special exercises that address the problem.

At the same time, you’ll be improving your breathing and increasing respiratory flow. Preparing for ‘snoreless sleep’ can take a bit of effort but it can certainly be done with practice.

Sleeping better at night can also prevent the urge to dose during the day. Imagine knowing that you may no longer dose off in public places. Or if you do, it’s much less likely you’ll be caught!

Christian Goodman is recognized throughout the world for his unique solutions to many complicated and even incurable conditions. stop snoring Learn more about Christian and his solutions on his alternative health blog.natural health

Related Article: How to Get A Good Night Sleep Naturally 



How To Get A Good Night Sleep Naturally

How To Get A Good Night Sleep Naturally

Tired of waking up tired? I know, I have been in the past, and it left me feeling groggy, moody, and just plain miserable. However, once I figured out how to get a good night sleep, naturally (without the aid of over-the-counter or prescription drugs), I was not only in a better mood, but able to focus more, retain more of what I have learned, and could once again, outwork most people around me. Basically, I was back to my old, silly, happy, weird and wired self! What a relief!

Because I know how many people are suffering from sleep problems, like I had, I wanted to share with you what I have learned today, so you too can get to sleep naturally, without all of the nasty side effects of pharmaceuticals. Have you ever read the fine print on those things? It is scary!

First, get to the bottom of the problem!

1. Examine your sleeping arrangement. Are you sleeping in a room, that is dark enough? Are there any noises that disturb you? Do you have the television in your bedroom? If you said yes to any of these questions, fix this first. Darken your room properly, to get into a proper sleep cycle. Eliminate noises, or if not possible, think about using ear plugs every night. And remove the television out of the bedroom.

2. Get  and keep a sleep diary. Keep a journal next to your bed, so you can note the following information: your time when you go to bed, and your time when you leave the bed, as well as notes on if you had any disturbing dreams. Include the date which each entrance, so you can recognize patterns, and eliminate  them. For example, if you sleep worse, after watching an action filled show, you will notice the pattern via your sleep journal, and you can change your behavior accordingly.

3. Wear a sleep tracker. My favorite sleep tracker is the Fitbit Blaze, because of its multi-functionality. Sleep trackers monitor how restless, or restful your sleep really is. I was shocked to find out, how much I moved during my sleep, and how restless I actually was every single night! No wonder I was tired!

Having Sleep Problems? Try ThisTake Action:

Now that you have some ideas on what actions to take, due to your sleep and habit tracking, you can begin to eliminate some of these disturbances already. On top of that, you can begin to change other habits that will assist you in getting  a better night sleep.

1. Turn off all electronics 30 minutes before going to bed
2. Practice a gentle stretching/yoga routine right before bed time.
3. Create a soothing bedtime routine, such as journaling, meditation, reading something uplifting, and repeating affirmations
4. Go to bed always at the same time, even on weekends, and get out of bed at the same time.
5. Drink herbal sleep-time tea (the recipe is at the end of this article), sweetened with coconut sugar (vegan), or raw honey
6. Sleep with an herbal pillow – lavender sleep pillows are the best for sleeplessness
7. Take a warm bath before going to sleep, adding one of the following essential oils to your bath: lemon balm, lavender, or ylang-ylang, do not use more than 15 drops of the pure essential oil per bath for best result

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Herbal Sleep Time Tea:

Mix the following herbs in equal parts:

1 part lemon balm
1 part hops
1 part St. John’s Worth

Mix well, place in airtight mason jar. Use 1 tablespoon of the Herbal Sleep Time Tea mixture, per cup of hot water. Allow to steep for 8 minutes. Strain, and sweeten with coconut sugar or raw, local honey as desired.




I hope you found this article informative.



Weekend Musing: Avoid Burnout

Weekend Musing: Avoid Burnout

Finally, it is the  weekend, so for many of us who work in a “regular” job, this is the time to relax, or do what you are actually want to do all week long.  But for those of us with children, or who have your own business – whether from home or not – the weekend is the time where we get all of our work done. And no time for ourselves.

In order to avoid burnout, however, we need to make sure that self-care is a priority. No matter how much you want to achieve your goals, and no matter how great your motivation, even the most energetic and healthy person has his or  her limits.

Weekend Musing: Avoid BurnoutDeveloping a self-care routine, as well as some time, that is dedicated just for relaxation is essential for your future
success. Going after your goals is a marathon, and not a sprint, therefore cultivating your endurance is a must.

Related Article: 5 Tips To Pamper Your Tired Feet

Here are some quick tips on how to avoid burnout:

1. Schedule your self-care times with the same determination you schedule any other appointments and stick to them. Don’t just put exercise or a weekly massage on your to-do-list, only to ignore it afterwards. Make these times sacred.
2. Enlist help. Do not wait until you on the brink of exhaustion to ask for help. Delegate, and make your needs clear to those around you beforehand so that they take your time as seriously, as you should.
Weekend Musing: Avoid Burnout3. Do something you like, not just what you should. So you love watching movies, but you also should be adding more exercise into your life. Self-care is not just about your exercise and health regime, but also about taking care of your mental state. So indulge – every once in a while – in an activity, that is for pure entertainment, such as watching a movie or reading a romance novel. Not everything has to be done with a single-minded goal as its purpose.
4. Do not allow others to talk you out of your self-care routine. No matter how much guilt or pressure you get from family or loved ones, your needs need to be met as well. Family members might not understand your need for a break, but that does not matter. Stick to your decisions, and do not allow anyone to walk all over your time, and schedule, including your time for yourself.
I hope these tips have helped you a little bit. I know I had to learn some of them the hard way, but once I started implementing them, my life became a lot more harmonious. My mood improved, and therefore everyone around me began to realize the  importance for their own sake, that I would take care of myself.

Being a little selfish is sometimes the best gift you can give your family and loved ones.



White Decadence Trail Mix Recipe

Trail Mix Recipe

I love trail mixes! As a (most of the time)  healthier alternative to the usual snacks, and filled with such endless possibilities (especially if you make the mix yourself), trail mixes in various forms are a staple in our family. Because of allergies and diets, we each have our own favorite mixes, but today, I am sharing with you today,  my personal favorite creation: White Decadence Trail Mix! 


You will need:

Trail Mix Recipe1 part each: 

organic raw cacao nibs
white chocolate chips
unsweetened shredded coconut
dried raspberries

2 parts each:
organic raw cashews (unsalted)
raw hazelnuts ( unsalted of course)
raw sunflower seeds (unsalted)

Mix them well, and store them in an airtight container!

You can make as little or as much as you like, the above ratio is what works best for me, but you can adjust it, depending on which ingredients you like the most. I have been known to cheat a little on the amount of white chocolate chips,adding a little bit extra,  as they are my favorite!

If you are looking for high-quality nuts – or already beautifully balanced trail mixes, created just for you – check out!

P.S. Did you know that that cacao nibs are an excellent source of iron and fiber? Awesome, right? 



Featured Artist: Thomas “Swiss” Wuthrich

Thomas Swiss Wuthrich, Featured Artist

From time to time, I will be featuring independent artists, crafters, and creators who are showcasing their creative talent via many venues, such as RedBubble, Zazzle, Etsy, and Handmade By Amazon. Please support these creative people with your purchase. (May contain affiliate links)

Independent artists range in the choice of their medium and subject matter greatly. I find it intriguing whenever I find an artist who can capture my attention in an unexpected way, just as Thomas Wuthrich has done with his humorous way to create relatable pieces of art. Thankfully I had a chance to ask him a few questions about his work in general and what he thinks about working on the Print On Demand Platform, Zazzle.

Here is the short interview I conducted with Thomas recently:

Me: Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us today, it is a great pleasure toy connect with you.
Tell us a little about your journey to the art you create (amongst other places) on Zazzle today?

Thomas: Many, many years ago, I stumbled across a book at the library about making money writing gags for greeting companies (just the gags). I got pretty good at coming up with, literally hundreds of ways to say “Happy Birthday”, “Get Well Soon”, etc. It was great training. A few years later, I began freelancing gags to cartoonists, including Bill “Lockhorns” Hoest. I would include a little sketch on the 3 X5 cards I’s submit. With encouragement from several cartoonist clients, I began drawing up my own gags and submitting them to magazines. After winning a 5000 US$ grand prize in a cartoon contest by a cigarette company, I was hooked on Cartooning. Even though I have sold lots of toons over the years, I still consider myself to be basically a gagwriter who can draw a little.
Me: What made you choose the name for your pen-name “Swiss”?

Thomas: I choose the pen-name “Swiss”, because my parents had emigrated from Switzerland about 15 years before I was born.

Me: Tell us a little about your style of work.

Thomas: You’ll notice that my toons are simple and uncluttered. Even though I have sold lots of toons over the years, I still consider myself to be basically a gag writer who can draw a little

Me: Judging by the quality of work you provide, I say you are a lot more than that. Thank you for this interview.

Check out Thomas Wuthrich’s cartoons out on Zazzle at “Swiss Toons” right now!

P.S. Are you an artist interested in sharing your art on Zazzle? Check out my article “Why Designing Zazzle Paper Products Is A Good Idea” 

Stop Acid Reflux Naturally – Which Foods to Avoid

Stop Acid Reflux Naturally - Which Foods to Avoid


Do you have Acid Reflux? Did you know that you can stop acid reflux naturally, by avoiding certain foods? Staying away from certain foods, while increasing the intake of others has helped many people with this gastroesophageal reflux disease manage their symptoms. Studies have shown that lifestyle and eating changes can alleviate symptoms long-term, so if you have this disease, I highly suggest that you read on.

What Foods You Should Avoid:

1. Foods and beverages containing caffeine. Caffeine leads to increased acidity, so it would be wise to limit your intake of coffee, to one cup a day. While most people only drink coffee in the early hours, there are some – like me – who drink coffee in the evening. If you suffer from acid reflux, you should only drink coffee in the morning, or better yet, avoid it completely. Pero Coffee Substitute is a tasty and mild alternative for those who crave coffee.

2. Alcohol. Not only does alcohol irritate your stomach, it relaxes the LES muscle, which in turn leads to increase
acidity, and reflux. Avoid drinking alcohol completely.

3. Chocolate. Falling under the category of foods containing caffeine, chocolate is on the not-to-eat list for acid
reflux sufferers. If you are craving chocolate, settle for the dark, organic variety, and look for those not containing
milk fats or dairy. For a list of chocolates, you can digest easier – even if limited – look for vegan varieties. NuGo Dark Dairy Free Chocolate Bars are yummy, without all of the milk fats.

4. Milk and dairy products. Now is a good time for you to switch to non-dairy milk, as regular milk contains too much fat to be easily digested. For those times, that you want to use dairy, you can either use the non-dairy alternatives or limit your intake to small amounts of low-fat cheeses. Some people who suffer from acid reflux find calcium heavy foods harder to handle in the evening, therefore avoid those products completely during the later hours of the day.

Stop Acid Reflux Naturally - Which Foods to Avoid 5. Mints. Any type of mint, may it be peppermint, spearmint or others, should be avoided by people with acid reflux.  This is the one time, I suggest to stay away from herbal teas (which I am a fan of), that contain any type of mint. Included in this list of foods to avoid are gums, and candies that contain these types of herbs.

6. Fruits And Vegetables high in acidity. Tomatoes, oranges, as well as onions, garlic, leeks, and cauliflower, are high in acidity and have no place in the diet of an acid reflux sufferer. Eliminate these foods completely out of your diet to see the best results.

You have the power to make a lasting change, by adjusting your eating habits.

Stop Acid Reflux Naturally - Which Foods to Avoid

This article is based on the book, “Heartburn No More” by Jeff Martin.
Jeff is an author, researcher, nutritionist and health consultant who dedicated his life to
creating the ultimate acid reflux solution guaranteed to permanently reverse the root cause of heartburn and  acid reflux and naturally and dramatically improve the overall quality of your life, without the use prescription medication and without any surgical procedures. Learn more by visiting his website today!



Why Should I Get Pet Insurance?

Reasons to Get Pet Insurance

You may have insurance for your home, your possessions, your car, and your health. But have you considered how you’ll pay for veterinary care for the furry members of your household? Pet insurance provides many benefits for your pet’s health and your own finances.

Why to get pet insuranceChoice of vet

With a pet insurance policy, you don’t need to worry about your vet being out-of-network. Instead, you can take your pet to any licensed veterinary clinic, even if you’re away from home. Just send the bill to your insurer and they’ll reimburse you based on the policy you purchased.

Breed and age don’t matter

Pet insurers don’t deny coverage based on your pet’s age or breed. However, pre-existing conditions could result in your application being rejected. Insuring your pet when he or she is young and healthy can help keep premiums down and ensure your pet can get coverage.

Related Article: Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil For Dogs

Budget your pet care costs in advance

Pet insurance offers a predictable way to budget for your pet’s health care. Policies can be paid monthly, every 6 months, or once a year–whatever works for you. Most insurers even offer multi-pet discounts!

Reasons To Get Pet InsuranceProtect against unexpected expenses

Insurance is one way to protect against unexpected costs. Without pet insurance, you could be faced with surprise expenses if your pet falls ill or gets injured. An unexpected vet visit could be a serious financial burden, cutting into your savings or even sending you into debt. With pet insurance, you can be reimbursed for covered expenses within five to fourteen business days.

Worry less

Many pet owners put off taking their pet to the vet, hoping the condition will improve even while they fear it won’t. With pet insurance, your overall expense is reduced, making costs less worrisome. Most policies reimburse 80% or more of vet costs. You don’t want your pet to suffer injury or illness. But should something happen, pet insurance offers financial protection to help you take care of your pet

If you enjoyed this post, why not share it with your friends and family with pets? They will thank you for it.