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7 Ways to Allergy-Proof Your Home

Your home should be the place in your life where you can retreat from the worries of the world and relax. However, if your home is actually causing your allergies and then it’s unlikely to be a place that you find relaxing!

Luckily, there are plenty of things that you can do to minimize the allergens in your home and make it a more comfortable place to be.

Flooring

Carpets are comfortable to walk on, but they are also a great place for dust, pollen, pet dander, and other allergens to get trapped, which can mean that they actually make your allergies worse.

If you can, it’s a good idea to replace carpets with wipe-clean floorings such as vinyl or laminate as you can more easily remove all of the dust and pollen that gathers on them, and it’s easier for you to see when they are starting to get dirty.

If you don’t want to get rid of your carpets, then be sure to hoover them regularly to remove the allergens.

Fireplaces

Open fireplaces are the thing most of us picture when we hear the word ‘cozy,’ but they are also a great way to create a whole lot of extra dust in your home! The open chimney also provides a great way for pollen to enter your home.

If you’re prone to allergies, a better option is to opt for a gas fire that gives you the same cozy appearance but without allergens.

Clutter

You can go a long way towards making your home allergy-free by getting rid of as much clutter as you can.

Piles of clutter, particularly things like clothing, are a great place for dust and pollen to get trapped, which means that it stays in your home rather than getting carried outside.

Windows

Rather than opening your windows as it gets warmer and potentially letting in lots of pollen, it’s a good idea to get an air conditioner with an air filter designed for keeping pollen and dust out of your home.

This also means that you’ll avoid letting lots of bugs and outside noise into your home too!

Be prepared

If you know that you get allergies, it’s important to have everything you need to alleviate your symptoms ready to go.

Stock up on eye drops for allergies, antihistamines, and anything else that you find helps you when your allergies flare up.

Be mindful of bringing the outside in

Something that a lot of people don’t think about is the fact that when you’re outside, things like pollen will attach themselves to your skin and clothing.

It can be really helpful to make a habit of removing your outdoor coats and shoes when you come into the house and washing your hands. It can even be helpful to make a point of showering and changing, depending on how severe your allergies are.

Pets

Much as we love them, people are commonly allergic to the dander found in pet hair. If you have a pet, you can minimize the risk of allergies by not allowing them to sleep in the bedroom, grooming them regularly, and ensuring that you wash their bedding frequently.

My list of Summer Must-Buys!

Can you believe that summer is here? I love this time of year! Here are some of my favorite items for this season!

Virgil’s Brings Back Dr. Better for Limited Time Only! It actually has been available since this past Spring but I am loving making soda floats with it this Summer!

The Dr. that is just better is back – this mouthwatering handcrafted beverage is formulated with premium natural ingredients, including tart cherry, sweet raspberry, and spicy cinnamon, and now with caffeine. Just like all Virgil’s products, Dr. Better is made without artificial ingredients or preservatives but still maintains that naturally bold, handcrafted flavor.

Get it delivered right to your doorsteps! The limited-edition offering retails exclusively online in 12-Can Fridge Packs on the Virgil’s Store for $30 and Amazon for $32.99.

This next item is a must-have especially since Mosquitoes and Spiders seem to be more frequent during the summer!

Enjoy Instant Itch Relief From bite away As Mosquitoes Return This Summer! You can count on bite away to provide fast, mess-free relief for a sting-free Summer!

Using a pulse of targeted heat, bite away triggers a response from the body that helps reduce the itching and swelling caused by mosquito bites. With its small and sleek design, bite away is the perfect tool to keep on-hand whether you’re out for a walk, picnicking in the park, or on your next outdoor family adventure. I like that it is really simple to use and that my teenage son can use it on his own. And, it seems to work! The included batteries last for about 300 uses!

How It Works

·       Place the ceramic surface of bite away on the bite or sting

·       Press the button just once

·       A few seconds of targeted heat can reduce swelling and remove the itch or pain associated with insect bites

·       Feel the relief and enjoy the rest of your day!

You can buy it here.

Frozen treats are a must during the hot summer months!  GoodPop® Frozen Pops are a definite must-buy!

GOODPOP “POPS” INTO SUMMER WITH THREE NEW FLAVORS AND BETTER-FOR-YOU TAKE ON A CLASSIC FAVORITE

Twin Pops added to flavor lineup, now available for purchase online! A nod to the childhood classic, the new twin pops are available in Sweet Cherry, Valencia Orange, and Concord Grape. The twin pops come in packs of four, and join GoodPop’s collection of dairy-free and vegan pop flavors, such as Dreamy Orange Push Pops, Coldbrew Latte, and Strawberry Shortcake. These new flavors coincide with the launch of GoodPop’s online store that ships to all 48 states in the continental United States with flat rate shipping. These are sooo good! The only twin pops on the market that are 100 percent fruit juice, Goodpop’s “Twin Pops” have  no added sugar and come in three juicy flavors. At 35 calories per pop, they are a guilt-free treat that is deliciously shareable and perfect for a warm summer day spent with friends. Suggested retail price is $4.99. All GoodPop products are USDA certified organic or Non-GMO Project Verified, dairy and gluten free and made without HFCs, GMOs, refined sugars or sugar alcohol sweeteners.

GoodPop has refreshed its packaging with a new look that calls attention to its mission to “Pledge Good. Do Good. Feel Good.” The back of the box is dedicated to GoodPop’s Pledge Good Foundation, and has a call to action for how customers can take part by making a pledge to do a good deed at goodpop.com/pledge. On the front of the box, the new logo is an updated banner with a designated brand color, Good Day Teal, which evokes a feeling of warmth and showcases its mouthwatering pops. 

GoodPop Frozen Pops are available for a suggested retail price of $4.99-$5.99 and can be found in natural and conventional retailers in 40+ states. For a full list of retailers and to shop, click here: www.goodpops.com/store-locator. For more information and to shop, visit https://shop.goodpops.com/

Zak Helping Moms and Dads Stay Fashionably Hydrated this Summer!

Zak’s new Viola and Neo Mint color stories stay on-trend with contrasting shades that stand out on their own and create a complementary statement of style when paired together. To give active moms and Dads as many opportunities as possible to showcase these stylish shades this summer, Zak is featuring both color selections on a wide range of its most popular travel tumblers and water bottles.

From double-wall vacuum insulated tumblers that keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for hours, to the multiple sizes and styles of the innovative Flex water bottles, Zak’s Viola and Neo Mint selection provides plenty of options to fit with almost any activity. So no matter where their busy day takes them, Moms and Dads can stay hydrated– and look great doing it! I absolutely love the Genesis 24 ounce Vaccum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle, Neo Mint. The lid has a hygienic cover to keep the spout clean, which opens easily at the push of a button. Vacuum insulation keeps your drinks cold for longer, and prevents condensation from forming. Your grip will stay secure, with grooves molded into the sides of the 24-ounce stainless steel bottle and a carrying handle built into the lid. It also fits in car cup holders for travel. You can also purchase on Amazon.com.

I love the taste of these sauces!

Holic Foods You can spice up your favorite foods with these clean-label, bold-flavor, globally-inspired sauces, dips, and condiments that taste so good, they are naturally addictive. Holic Foods’ sauces are extremely versatile! Each can be drizzled, dolloped, dipped, dressed, and spread. All of the delightful sauces are plant-based, gluten-free, non-GMO, keto-friendly, soy-free, and t0p 8 allergy-friendly. Both the Jalapenoholic and Tahiniholic are Vegan Certified. Three crave-able sauces are available, including Jalapenoholic, Tahiniholic, and Honey Aleppo Holic. I think that my favorite is the Spicy Jalapenocholic sauce!

Stay tuned! The next Summer Must-Buy Post will be next week!

Happy Summer!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post and I recommend all products featured. Images were also provided. No additional compensation was received.

Books of the month!

Picture book choice:

BEACH TOYS VS. SCHOOL SUPPLIES by Mike Ciccotello: The second picture book from Mike Ciccotello, about two very different groups learning to balance having fun and buckling down. Perfect for both the start of summer and back to school.

Middle-grade books to keep you busy!:   FART QUEST: THE BARF OF THE BEDAZZLER by Aaron Reynolds; illustrated by Cam Kendell: Smell your way into Book 2 of the Fart Quest series about a trio of hapless young adventurers—one mage, one warrior, and one monk—on the hunt for a quest that will help them level up to the status of Hero.

STINGERS by Randy Wayne White: The trio of brave friends who make up Shark, Inc—Luke, Maribel, and Sabina—dive back into an adventure in this follow-up to bestselling author Randy Wayne White’s Fins.

The perfect YA books to kick off the summer season:

  • FIREKEEPER’S DAUGHTER by Angeline Boulley: a groundbreaking YA thriller about a Native teen who must root out the corruption in her community, for readers of Angie Thomas and Tommy Orange. Equal parts thrilling and thought-provoking this is a must-have for any summer TBR.
  • BLADE OF SECRETS by Tricia Levenseller: The first book in a YA duology about a teen magical weapons blacksmith with social anxiety.
  • ACE OF SPADES by Faridah Abike-Iyimide: Gossip Girl meets Get Out in Ace of Spades, a YA contemporary thriller by debut author Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé about two Black students, Devon & Chiamaka, and their struggles against an anonymous bully at the prestigious Niveus Private Academy.

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the books to facilitate this post. Cover images were also provided.

Cute, Colorful & Inspiring Girls’ Clothing

Star Katchers are cute, colorful, and inspiring clothing that are a must-have in your girls’ closets. These super-soft 100% organic t-shirts, hoodies, skirts, and hair accessories are made with recycled and sustainable materials and include empowering messages like “Being Yourself Will Always Be In Style,” “Love Knows No Colors” and “You Can Change the World, Girl.” And, these products with a purpose give back— $1 of every t-shirt sold is donated to “GIRLS WHO CODE”— a nonprofit organization that aims to support and increase the number of women in computer science by equipping young women with the necessary computing skills. In sizes 3-11 years old. The t-shirts are my favorite! More information: www.starkatchers.com.

Self Disclosure: I received a free samples to facilitate this post. Images and information was also provided.

Do you have Kids and Pets? If so, an instant all-purpose stain and odor remover is a must!

If you have kids and pets you know that real life can be very messy! An instant all purpose stain and odor remover is an absolute must! My favorite is Kids ‘N’ Pets because it is non-toxic, cruelty free and biodegradable. I also like that it is safe to use on so many different surfaces. You can use it on carpets, tile, furniture, concrete, floors, clothing and even in the car!

A dog and two cats are special members of our family and kids ‘N’ Pets has been a real life saver! When my dog Bink was sprayed by a skunk, I was relieved that it helped to get rid of the smell. By the time, I had finished bathing Bink in the tub, my whole sweatshirt smelled like a Skunk. I though that the smell would never go away! But, I simply added 1 cup to a load of laundry and washed as usual. It was also very helpful to spray the air to get rid of the smell.

Kids ‘N’ Pets can also be used to clean and deodorize Kitty litter boxes. I did try this out and was amazed at how well it worked. I was also happy that my cats used the litter box after. Sometimes they can be quite picky about smells.

This stain and odor remover has quickly become one of my favorite cleaning products this summer. You can find it here.

Self Disclosure: I am participating in the Kids ‘n’ Pets Ambassador program and received free samples/compensation to post. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids.

OxiClean ON THE GO Stain Remover Pen is a must-buy for Summer Travel!

Looking for an on-the-go stain remover? OxiClean has you covered this summer! OxiClean pen’s formula contains the power of oxygen and has a stain-fighting scrubbing tip which is great for cleaning many fresh stains from many foods, drinks, and even cosmetics,

I really like that it does not include bleach and it is safe to use on most fabrics. It is safe for all colorfast washable fabrics. I tried it on a chocolate stain and was quite impressed with how well it worked! It is available in a 1 pack, 3 pack, or a 6 pack. I found that the 1 pack is available at my local Albertsons and the 3 and 6 pack are available on Amazon.com. You can find out where to buy near you by going here.

Self Disclosure: I am participating in a OxiClean Ambassador program and received free samples/compensation to post. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids.

The International Printing Museum’s Independence Day Celebration, July 3rd, 10 am to 4 pm

Join us in-person at the Museum for an Independence Day Celebration! Throughout the day there will be tours of the Printing Museum’s Galleries, opportunities to create patriotic keepsakes on working antique presses, and a chance to print your own Declaration of

Independence on Benjamin Franklin’s Colonial Press. Visitors will also be able to experience our first vintage car and equipment show in the parking lot, organized by the Museum’s volunteers. Admission includes a slice of apple pie and lemonade for guests to enjoy.

You can purchase your tickets by calling the Printing Museum at (310) 515-7166 or by visiting our website at www.printmuseum.org/event/independence

The event runs from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, July 3rd. Guests can purchase tickets in advance or at the door on the day of the event.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for museum members. Groups can purchase four general admission tickets for $50 or four museum member tickets for $40.

Masks will be required for admission.

Credit: (including photos) The international Printing Museum.

Popular 4th of July Fireworks are Back in Orange County

Photo Credit: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort.

Orange County residents can celebrate the 4th of July with two popular fireworks shows this year at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Dana Point Harbor!
Celebrate Independence on the Back Bay at Newport Dunes with live music, SoCal’s largest Inflatable Water Park, watersports, food trucks, and an incredible fireworks show sponsored by the City of Newport Beach at one of the region’s top viewing locations on July 4th from 8 a.m.–10 p.m. For more information about Independence Day on the Back Bay, to purchase VIP Reserved Parking or to view watersports rental rates, please visit NewportDunes.com/event/independence-day-on-the-back-bay/.
Gather family and friends at Dana Point Harbor this 4th of July and look towards the sky over Doheny State Beach to experience south Orange County’s best aerial fireworks display! A popular spot for locals and visitors to celebrate 4th of July each year, the City of Dana Point hosts one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in Southern California with its own customized playlist to sing along to. Dana Point Harbor will be the perfect lookout point to view this patriotic celebration. The spectacular display begins at 9 p.m. on July 4 and will light up the Harbor with fantastic views from Baby Beach, the Island, and the many waterfront eateries within the harbor. Visitors can tune in to KSBR 88.5 FM and listen to patriotic music accompanying the display. For more information, please visit danapoint.org

Credit: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Dana Point Harbor.