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How to Get a Good Night's Sleep

I know I'm not the only one who says they're going to bed at 10 PM, only to find myself scrolling through Instagram until 2 AM. I'm sure you've seen THIS meme!

Lately I have been practicing a more healthy bedtime routine that allows me to fall asleep easier and sleep better - watch the video above for all of my REAL tips!

Hint: one of my favorite things to do before bed is to turn on my oil diffuser. It completely sets the mood for whatever you want depending on what kind of oils you use with it. My favorite for bedtime is lavender essential oil - it's SO relaxing! If you don't have an oil diffuser yet, you're in luck because Organic Aromas is giving away one diffuser (the same one seen in my video) to one lucky winner! Enter to win below!

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Acupressure Mats

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Acupressure Mats

I have an amazing wellness tip and product to share with you today...using an acupressure mat. I am asking myself WHY I didn't discover this baby sooner. It's inexpensive and it feels SO good.

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I shared this acupressure mat on Instagram stories over the weekend, and I heard back from some of you telling me that you have it too and love it. I love to try new wellness products, and I am so glad that I picked this mat up on Amazon.

Let's back up a little. Awhile back, my mid to lower back hurt so badly. I love massage for relieving back pain, but I've heard from so many that acupuncture is incredible for relieving pains, stress, and more. However...I'm too afraid of it. 

What exactly is an acupressure mat? I have researched a lot, so here is what I have to share with you:

An acupressure mat is also known as an "acupressure needle stimulation pad" or a "bed of nails," and is made with foam along with thousands of very sharp, short plastic needles. The goal is to sit or lie on your back and/or stomach on the mat between 20-40 minutes. I know this sounds like it would be miserable, but it's not. It feels AMAZING. BYE muscle tension. Acupressure mats also help with fibromyalgia.

When I lie down on this amazing mat, I can literally feel pain, stress, and fatigue go away, and I am now a believer in acupressure and acupuncture (even though I'm scared to try it)...the mat is enough for me for now. I am ALL FOR holistic medicine, and so many holistic doctors recommend acupressure for aches, pains, tension, and insomnia. 

Let's talk a little about neck pain. I had chronic neck pain before I got the Z pillow (life changing), and wish I'd had this mat then. But when I do get neck pain now, this mat is perfect because it comes with a pillow. Yep, a pillow with little spikes on it that feel SO good on your shoulders and neck.

So, you're probably thinking..."does it hurt?" My pain tolerance is pretty high, but I am a scardey cat. I was scared to lie down on this mat when I first got it. But it doesn't hurt. 

My favorite time to use the mat is before bedtime. It's relaxing. I've worked my way up from laying on it clothed to going naked.

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Here are many benefits of using an acupressure mat:

+ Increases blood circulation

+ Provides headache relief

+ Relieves neck pain

+ relieves shoulder pain

+ relieves back pain

+ Relieves stress from the body

+ Reduces anxiety

+ Stimulates endorphins

+ Helps with insomnia

+ Heals foot pain

+ Relieves leg pain

+ Relieves hip pain

+ Relieves heartburn

+ Relieves inflammation

+ Helps with energy levels

So, are you sold yet? I hope you'll try it. Any acupressure mat will work. This one from Amazon is the only one I have tried and I LOVE it. Very inexpensive and it WORKS.

Have you tried acupressure? 

xo, Lynn

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Gucci Low Ace Sneaker Dupes!

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Gucci Low Ace Sneaker Dupes!

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CUTE sneakers can be hard to find. You know, not the athleisure style and not a gym shoe. But an everyday sneaker. Luckily they are becoming more and more readily available and popular. 

I am super picky when it comes to any piece of clothing and shoes, so when I find a good pair of sneakers that I love I have to get them. Buying sneakers for my size 10 feet can be difficult - I like to avoid the clown foot look at all costs! 

Anyway, I am completely obsessed with these white Gucci inspired beauties that I got at Target. They were only $28, a HUGE difference from the $730 pair from Gucci. It's a no brainer.

I love me a good white pair of shoes because they're sleek. Yes, I think even sneakers can be sleek. Need a tip on keeping white shoes clean? White shoe polish does the trick!

I love wearing these with jeans and a baggy sweater, or a simple t-shirt dress with a drapey cardigan. 

See how similar the two are below? 

SHOP

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Vital Proteins Collagen: I'm OBSESSED

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Vital Proteins Collagen: I'm OBSESSED

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I am one who will try {almost} anything in the name of wellness and beauty. And before I ever recommend any product, service, or potion, I try it out.

Vital Proteins sent over their Marine Collagen packets, and I was very scared to try them because I was pretty grossed out by the idea. I waited a long time to give it a try. 

Finally, I was feeling ballsy and dumped a packet into my hot Cinnamon Peppermint tea from Trader Joes - which by the way is SO YUMMY! 

You know that feeling right before you're about to taste something that might be absolutely disgusting for the first time? That was me.

...I took a sip, and it wasn't bad. At all. The collagen powder is unflavored, but you can still tell it's there if that makes any sense. And now I am hooked because of COURSE I want to strengthen my nails and hair, and improve my gut health. 

After being sent the packets, I did some research on collagen products, and I learned that so many brands use fillers and lots of chemicals to produce their products. STEER CLEAR of these! I really love Vital Proteins because not only are the benefits simply amazing, but their products are non-GMO, the marine collagen is from wild-caught snapper, and there are no added flavors. Just one ingredient. No bull.

Let's get into all of the ways that collagen can help your health:

1. Improves the health of your skin and hair: As we age, collagen production declines. When this happens, you'll notice more wrinkles, thinner skin, more brittle hair and nails. By ingesting collagen, your skin's smoothness and elasticity will be improved. With that, the appearance of cellulite will decrease. Sign me up! 

2. Improves digestion and a leaky gut: Collagen helps break down proteins and soothes your gut's lining, healing damaged cell walls and infusing it with amino acids. The second way collagen helps improve digestion is by forming a stronger connective tissue to "seal and heal" the lining of your gastrointestinal tract. Many illnesses and inflammation stems to a leaky gut, so this can help with rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, and other autoimmune disorders.

3. Reduces Joint Pains and Degeneration: When we produce less collagen, our joints can become sore and swollen. With its gel-like structure that covers and holds bones together, collagen allows unto glide and move without pain. This is so amazing to me because I can already tell that I have bad knees. Yikes.

4. Boosts Metabolism, Muscle Mass and Energy Output: Consuming collagen can help your metabolism by helping with the conversion of essential nutrients. One of collagen's most important roles is helping form muscle tissue by converting glucose into energy that feeds muscle cells. Retaining muscle mass is crucial as you age, since it helps support posture, bone health and burns more calories than fat. 

5. Protects Cardiovascular Health: The amino acid proline helps your artery walls release fat buildup in the bloodstream, shrinking the fat in the arteries and minimizing fat accumulation. Proline is needed for tissue repair within the joints and arteries, plus it helps control blood pressure. As part of collagen found within joints, it buffers our bodies from the effects of vibration or shock and helps us hold on to valuable cartilage as we get older.  It’s also linked with the prevention of arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) since it helps our arteries stay clear of dangerous plaque buildup.

Not only all of these FANTASTIC benefits, but the marine collagen packets contain 11 grams of protein! I am a HUGE fan. My biggest recommendation when taking collagen is to mix it with a hot tea. 

If you try it, let me know what you think!

xo, Lynn

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Amazon Must Haves

As you will see in this video, I take my Amazon purchases very seriously and have used everything I'm talking about here for at least a few months. Many I have been using for years. 

Let me know what your Amazon picks are! Is there anything that I should add to my cart?

xo, Lynn

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Who What Wear for Target

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Who What Wear for Target

Let me start by saying this is not sponsored - I just LOVE the Who What Wear line at Target! I have purchased several items from the line, and am so impressed. The quality is amazing, and the styles are on trend.

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...You don't often find street style chic pieces at Target, but that's a different story with the Who What Wear line. Everything is a NOW piece without being too over the top. My favorite clothing item from the line is this lace top. It looks so expensive, but it's only $28.

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This outfit is a fall favorite - the lace top looks best (in my opinion) tucked into a skirt or pants. Loving this one I'm wearing from Zara

Quick tip: If you're lazy about shaving your legs like I am and/or don't want to freeze but still want to look cute when it's chilly outside, pair a mini skirt with HIGH over the knee boots. These ones from Charles by Charles David keep my feet and legs so warm. Added bonus: they're vegan!

SHOP MY FAVORITES FROM WHO WHAT WEAR

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