Archives for May 11, 2016

The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time by Arianna Huffington

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In her new book, THE SLEEP REVOLUTION: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time (Harmony Books; Hardcover; $26.00; released on April 5, 2016), Arianna illustrates how the combination of the myth that burning out is the necessary price for accomplishment and success, along with the distractions of a 24/7 wired world, has imperiled our sleep as never before, resulting in a global sleep deprivation crisis. She goes on to show the crucial role that sleep plays in our every waking moment—and how we can harness its power to improve every aspect of our lives. THE SLEEP REVOLUTION is a sweeping, scientifically rigorous, and deeply personal look at sleep, from its history through the centuries to the mystery and meaning of dreams to today’s emerging golden age of sleep science. Every week, new research reveals how vital sleep is to our health, happiness, job performance, and relationships.

If you type the words “Why am I” into Google, the first suggestion, based on popular searches, is “Why am I so tired?” These five words sum up what Arianna calls “the existential cry of the modern age.” Even though we know more about sleep than at any other time in history, and how important it is to our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being, actually getting enough sleep is harder than ever. According to a recent Gallup poll, 40 percent of all American adults are perpetually sleep-deprived, clocking in less than the recommended seven hours. In THE SLEEP REVOLUTION, Arianna examines the mystery of sleep, and how we can tap into it to regain control of our out-of-kilter lives, recharge our bodies and minds, and reconnect with ourselves.

She shows how our cultural dismissal of sleep as time wasted undermines our health and decision making and can sabotage our relationships, careers, and even our sex lives. She approaches sleep from every angle, including its critical role in sports, and its often overlooked role in productivity and creativity. She takes on the manipulative and dangerous sleeping pill industry, and talks about the ways in which our addiction to our devices disrupts our sleep. She also presents scientific recommendations and expert tips on how we can all achieve better, more restorative sleep. By highlighting the many areas where the benefits of sleep are being rediscovered—from professional sports and college campuses to the hotel industry and workplaces around the world—Arianna points the way forward to the amazing innovations, reforms, and even new technologies that are ushering in The Sleep Revolution.

The Huffington Post is also launching the #SleepRevolution College Tour at 50 campuses, including Stanford, Georgetown, UCLA, Ohio State, and the University of Georgia. The goal is to spark a national conversation, based on the latest science, about the importance of sleep and the dangers of sleep deprivation, which is at the heart of so many stress-related mental health issues in college. To help students embrace sleep as a performance enhancer rather than something to be avoided, HuffPost has partnered with major brands, including Sleep Number, Jawbone, JetBlue, Marriott, Spotify, Lands’ End, Sleep Shepherd and Headspace, to host “sleep fairs” to give students tangible tools and products to make changes in their lives and to learn better sleep habits. Arianna and leading sleep experts will be speaking at campuses around the country, and there will be major social media campaigns, as well as sleep-themed blog posts and videos on The Huffington Post from students and professors.

In addition, The Huffington Post, in partnership with Uber, is spearheading a campaign to generate awareness around the dangers of drowsy driving. Lack of sleep can lead to cognitive impairment that’s as dangerous as driving drunk. Drowsy drivers are involved in 328,000 accidents each year, 6,400 of which result in deaths. Through collaboration with road safety advocates, this movement aims to get drowsy people out of the driver’s seat. In addition to activating policymakers and government officials, the campaign includes a dedicated PSA, sleep kit giveaways, and partnerships with companies committed to providing Uber rides for employees who work before or after a certain hour.

I received a copy of this book and have found it to be quite interesting and I have actually learned a lot about sleep. I highly recommend!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Arianna Huffington is the cofounder, president, and editor in chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, and the author of fifteen books. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently- cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. She has been named to Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people and
the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union. She serves on numerous boards, including The Center for Public Integrity and The Committee to Protect Journalists. Her book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

 

For more information, including Arianna’s book tour schedule, please visit:

www.ariannahuffington.com

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book to facilitate this book featured post.

Game of the month! Double Ditto!

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Looking for a fun family game? Double Ditto is our top choice of this month!

Double Ditto is a lightly competitive party game that challenges participants to quickly come up with answers to simple subjects. For example, cards may say, “Commands You Teach Your Dog,” “Things Kids are Scared Of,” or “Ways to Get Rich Quick. Introduced last fall, this easy-to-learn game encourages social interaction and creativity with the goal of showcasing both commonalities and differences in people’s thought process.

This one is a great one for the slightly older kids and their parents! I would suggest 9+. Although I think that some eight-year-olds would be able to play if they have pretty strong reading and writing skills. Our family had so much fun with this one! It’s competitive but not overly competitive and I love how interactive it is!

The game comes with 400 category cards, a 15-second timer, score sheets and an instruction card. The Ditto Master reads  one of the Double Ditto game cards to the group, and the players have a set amount to time to write down two corresponding responses. Once the allotted time has passed, each player takes a turn reading their answers out loud. The objective is to match the answers given by other players. With each match, the player scores a “ditto!” If the player matches both answers, they score a “double ditto!” The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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The game can be as creative, funny or simple as you want making Double Ditto a great icebreaker for your family gatherings, corporate events and parties. The setup is easy, the rules are straightforward and the fun is endless. This party game can be played by large groups, and by sorting out the cards by theme (ie. birthday, work, family), you can customize the game based on the event where it’s being played.

With 400 different cards to choose from, Double Ditto offers a new source of entertainment every time you play. Get your set of Double Ditto online at Amazon.com for just $19.95.

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post.

Travel Hacks: Keeping Families Happy and Healthy During Summertime Trips and Activities

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As gas prices, lodging, and airfare prices have recently decreased, this summer is the perfect time for a vacation.[1] Vacation planning can be tedious, but Ips Snacks(www.ipsallnatural.com) are a delicious and nutritious snack that can be enjoyed in every locale.   Ips Chips and Ips Pop are gluten-free, made with non-GMO corn and are available in flavors that the whole family will love! Ips Snacks are made with the benefit of whey protein to help keep stomachs full without the abundance of additives commonly found in snacks. Ips Snacks is here to make travel easier with these fun travel tips to help keep families happy and healthy!

 

1 – The first rule in ensuring families enjoy a trip is to keep them well fed. Serotonin levels coincide with blood sugar, and when these lower they can have a negative effect on moods. [2] When long car trips already take a toll on sibling relationships, frequent small meals and snacks will prevent an outburst driven by hunger-induced mood swings. White Cheddar Ips Chips may reduce family feuds!

 

2 – Keep little ones content with a full tummy while traveling. Whey protein helps keep bellies full by stimulating gastrointestinal hormones which alert the brain that a sufficient amount of calories have been consumed.[3] An easy way to enjoy whey protein is with Ips Snacks! Children love the cinnamon flavor for its sweet taste.

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3 – Give them what they want! Studies show that children’s food preferences are changing; children are no longer reaching for candy bars, but are gravitating towards fresh foods.[4]  Encourage kids to get excited for the trip by letting them decorate snack baggies for their individual portions. Ips Snacks are filling and in flavors such as BBQ Chips and White Cheddar Pop, the kids will never know that their favorite crispy snack is actually healthy too.

 

This summer make memories. Every sandwich deserves to be paired with a bag of chips and movies are best watched with a side of popcorn. Keep summer vacation traditions alive with road trips and late nights, and delicious snacks that the whole family will enjoy.

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I received samples and I absolutely love these chips! My favorite is the Barbecue! They did not last long in our house at all! These are a must-have for summer outings and summer trips! Once you try one flavor, you will want to try them all!

About Ips Snacks™

 

Founded in 2011, Ips Snacks are the world’s first snack chip to combine a delicious taste with whey protein. They are made with non-GMO corn, are gluten-free, and are powered by whey protein.  Now lead by Adam Kamenstein, the brand’s mission is to make the foods which give your body the protein it craves. Ips chips are available in four delicious varieties: Sea Salt & Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Barbeque, and White Cheddar and is now launching its line of popcorn, which will be available in Classic Salted and White Cheddar varieties.   Ips Snacks are sold in grocery stores and wellness retailers nationwide including Whole Foods Market, Mollie Stone’s, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, and many others, as well as online through Amazon.com.

 

Find Ips Snacks on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ipsallnatural).

 

For more information about Ips Snacks, please visit www.ipsallnatural.com

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photo Credit and Press info: Ips Snacks.

Mac Daddy is Pet of the Week!

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Mac Daddy’s enormous head is an asset to him because there’s so much room on it for your hand to pet! In fact, two people might be able to pet him at once—and would he love that! Mac Daddy came in as a stray—he’s about 5 years old with golden fur and a heart to match. Meet him on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A567847.
(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

 

 

 

Credit: Companion Animal Village.