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Can Fertility Tea Help You Get Pregnant?

Can fertility tea help you get pregnant? Learn how fertility tea helps regulate your cycle and helps with infertility. Plus a recommendation on the best place to buy fertility tea. Improve your fertility naturally with delicious herbal teas. Fertility tea for PCOS or endometriosis. How does fertility tea work? Fertility tea blend. Fertility tea review. The best fertility tea chinese medicine. Fertility drink tea. Fertility tea effects. Fertility tea for ovulation. #fertility #naturopath

Have you considered drinking fertility tea to help heal your infertility?

Infertility is one of the most painful and soul-destroying things someone can deal with. The months or years it can take to become pregnant naturally when there is a medical problem involved can leave a couple depressed, broke, and without any hope.

For my own infertility, I’ve decided to turn to fertility tea as one of my first steps (along with exercise and other diet changes). So far, my cycle has become more regular.

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The Amazing Benefits and Uses of Tea Tree Oil

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Tea tree oil, which comes from an Australian tea tree and is also known as melaleuca oil, is an essential oil made from steaming the tree’s leaves.

It’s one of the few essential oils that I use and truly believe in its efficacy. A lot of information about essential oils is more folklore than science, but there is real science behind the uses for tea tree oil.

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Link Roundup: Serengeti Wild Dogs, Disrupting The Wedding Industry, Poor Air Quality In The UK & More

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Happy Sunday! I hope you can get outside, even if it’s freezing, just to get some fresh air. My son is with Grandma and I got to bed early last night, so I’m feeling pretty good for someone who got up at 6am with a back ache.

This week was pretty busy as far as work and this blog goes. I uploaded some new craft supplies to Etsy, listed a new Spring-themed ring for sale on this website, and I learned that mind mapping really is the best way to outline blog posts.

With my free time before my son woke up, I looked through my Feedly feeds and found some posts and articles that you all might like to read. So, let’s see what’s going on in the world:

Why did Serengeti’s wild dogs disappear? Study challenges controversial hypothesis

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African wild dogs disappeared from the Serengeti. Why?

In 1991, the African wild dogs that lived in Serengeti National Park disappeared. The original hypothesis of what happened is that the researchers caused this by handling the wild dogs, fitting them with radio collars and taking blood samples. It was thought that all this handling compromised their immune systems, leaving them susceptible to rabies.

A new study challenges that hypothesis, though. Wild dogs to the east of the park that were exposed to the same stresses didn’t face the same fate.

The study’s authors think that it’s more likely that competition with the growing numbers of lions and hyenas caused the disappearance of the African wild dogs.

Why is the wedding industry so hard to disrupt?

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Wedding startups fail more often than not. Why?

There have been surprisingly few wedding startups since the dawn of the internet, and even fewer successful ones. Zola and The Knot are two success stories, but what makes the wedding industry so impervious to outsiders?

The wedding industry is known for being rigid, but it has changed to fit in with our online world. Pinterest, for instance, has said that 40 million people use its service to plan a wedding every year.

The whims of Google and SEO have tanked some startups, and the successful ones like The Knot are probably selling your emails to advertisers to stay afloat.

In my mind, there’s just so many parts to a wedding and people prefer them to be integral and working together. Startups that focus on just one aspect of a wedding probably won’t make much money, but going broad will require more money, a larger team, and a better strategy. It’s just a hard industry to break into.

Poor air quality found at over 2,000 sites across the UK

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Air quality is only getting worse. How do we fix that?

Pollution is getting worse the world over. There are some efforts to clean up around the UK, but there are still 2,000 areas in the UK with alarming numbers in air quality. It’s a health issue, especially since nitrogen dioxide is one of the main culprits. Nitrogen Dioxide irritates the lungs and creates breathing issues.

How to Choose the Right Social Media Platform for Your Business

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Which social media site is best for your business?

My social media plan right now focuses almost entirely on Pinterest. That’s not to say everyone should do the same, though. This infographic will help you choose the right social media website for your needs.

How Financial Gurus Make Money

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Are all financial gurus just scammers?

“Show me $1 and I’ll show you 10 “money gurus” who claim they can turn it into $2.”

Financial gurus are ruining the internet, and they might be ruining your wallet, too. Sure, there are some good ones out there, but most are experts in only one thing: making money off of you.

This article is a lesson to not trust every expert that walks your way, even if they really are experts. Experts don’t always have good morals.

How to Outsmart the Most Common Money Scams

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Scammers are everywhere. How do you keep your money safe?

Speaking of bad morals, you need to learn how to avoid these scams. Anyone can fall prey to a money scam, so it pays to be prepared.

Ship Baby Supplies to Your Vacation Destination

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How do you stock up on baby supplies for your vacation?

Going on vacay with a baby is hard. It’s more like moving than a week away.

A better idea might be use Amazon Prime or some other shipping service to send what you need to your destination. Less to pack, less to worry about!

Stop Recycling Plastic Bottles Without Caps On

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Recycling has a lot of rules to get it right

There are a lot of rules about what plastic you can and can’t recycle. Here’s a new rule: recycle your bottles with the cap on.

“So what’s the right way to recycle a plastic water bottle? First, remove the cap and crunch the bottle up from the base until most of the air is removed. Screw the cap back on, then toss the bottle in the recycling bin!”

People with chronic pain are coping with the help of Pinterest, new study reveals

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Medicine isn’t the only way to deal with chronic pain

Self care and pain management tips on Pinterest are actually helping people with chronic pain! It’s a sad fact that medical intervention often falls short with chronic pain, so spreading different techniques of dealing with it through Pinterest is a great thing to do.

Should Google Treat Fossil Fuel Companies Like It Treats Tobacco & Firearm Companies?

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Should fossil fuel companies be treated like an enemy of the people?

Fossil fuel companies are marketing power houses with a ton of money to throw behind propaganda and advertising. Should Google and social media companies hold them accountable for spreading false information that could lead to climate change denial or otherwise further the harm to the environment? Should fossil fuel companies be blacklisted from buying advertising like firearm companies are?

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Bedtime Routines Can Save Your Life

Bedtime routines and rituals for better sleep

Why you need a bedtime routine

Life can be so hectic sometimes.

Especially as a stay at home mom, you can essentially feel like you’re always running around.

But if you’re running on empty because you don’t get enough good sleep, it becomes even harder to get it all done.

As a society, sleep is less important to us and regarded as more of a burden than a blissful and necessary part of life. There are a million reasons why this might be the case, but what really matters is that we just aren’t getting enough sleep, and that drive to never rest extends outside of the office and boardroom and into our homes.

Yep, that’s right. Even if you are a stay at home mom who has never worked outside of the home, you probably feel the pressure to always be working on something too.

But how can you make your home a welcoming and peaceful place when you feel chaotic and tired?

That’s why a bedtime routine is important.I know, it can feel infantalizing to put yourself on a schedule. As adults, we like to think we can take care of ourselves instinctively, but if we’re tired more often than not, then that’s clearly not true.

So what is to be done about this? What kind of bedtime schedule can make us better homemakers while also not taking up too much time or energy and stressing us out?

What is a bedtime routine

A bedtime routine is what you do before you hop into bed and fall asleep. You can have a healthy bedtime routine… or an unhealthy one. And if you haven’t taken the time to really examine your routine, chances are you’re doing some unhealthy things that lead to worse sleep.

There are some huge benefits to having a bedtime routine:

  • You get more sleep, and it’s higher quality too!
  • You wake up in a better mood
  • It helps to be more productive throughout the day
  • Your brain will be sharper
  • Creativity is increased with better sleep

Do what works for you

First and foremost, you need to do what works for you. No one else can tell you exactly what bedtime ritual will work for you to get you into bed on time and ready for sleep. All we can do is give suggestions based on science and personal experience.

For instance, I know that the usual advice is to turn off all devices and read a physical book, but that doesn’t work for me. Sure, I turn on a blue light filter on my phone, but I like to unwind with a game on my phone before bed. Sometimes it’s solitaire, sometimes it’s a word search or something else, but often the last thing I see is my phone screen before I sleep.

But if you can’t trust yourself to put the phone down when it’s time to sleep, then you should rely on low tech options like physical books and paper word searches.

Experiment and find out what works for you!

End the day clean

What this means will depend on what you care about, but the basics are to brush your teeth, wash your face, and maybe tidy up the dishes or living room.

Do what you need to do to feel like you’re not leaving yourself and the house a mess. That’s all this step essentially boils down to.

If you know you’re going to be stressed out by the dishes in the sink, well, that stress is going to make sleeping a lot harder. So why let yourself be worked up all night when a few minutes of work will make your sleep that much better?

For me, I can’t sleep until I’ve picked up the living room. My son is a master at destroying the room with toys, and I know if I want to have a chance to vacuum before he destroys it all again, I’ll need to pick it up at night so I can vacuum first thing in the morning.

Make sure the bedroom is pitch black

Okay so this one is something you’ll probably do well before bed time. But if you know you want to sleep after the sun comes up, you need to get that room dark.

I mean REALLY dark.

Like, you think it might still be 3am when you wake up kind of dark.

This is something I learned from my son. Once we got his room pitch black, he started sleeping 15 hours a day… and still does most days, even at a year and a half.

And if you don’t have the money for proper blackout curtains, have no fear! We didn’t either, so we went to the Dollar Tree and bought some of those thick poster boards. We got the black ones and just taped them over the windows. It required some cutting and taping together to get them to the perfect size, but it looks fine from the outside and on the inside it does the job.

Step away from the screens

I know, I know. I said that I use my phone before bed.

But it is true that phones, TVs, and computers disturb our sleep. So as much as you can, you should step away from these devices and focus on other things. Taking up a non-digital hobby is a great idea to keep you busy before bed without relying on that blue light that will keep you up.

Some hobbies you could try include:

  • Knitting
  • Sewing
  • Painting
  • Playing the guitar
  • Wargame model painting
  • Bullet journaling
  • Reading the Bible
  • Reading in general

Reflect on your day

Before bed is a great time to pull out a journal and reflect on what happened. Consider what you’re grateful for, what you wish you could have changed, and what made you happy.

All of these things are an important part of what make up you and your life. Taking the time to really focus and contemplate them helps to put your life into perspective.

You can also use that journal to plan out tomorrow’s schedule! Get a head start on planning. And remember, if you can get it down on paper, your brain doesn’t have to work hard to try and remember it. So if you know you’ll obsess over what needs to get done, this is a must-do step. Write it down so your brain can let it go.

Do some stretching

Yoga or stretching before bed activates the system in your body that triggers relaxation. Stretch your back, arms, shoulders, and especially your glutes before bed!

Here are some other tips to get better sleep:

Stop drinking caffeine as early in the day as possible. Even 6 hours after drinking a coffee, it can reduce your sleep by one hour. If you’re serious about getting some sleep, you need to stop consuming caffeine as early in the day as you can.

Drink as much water as you need. The amount of water you need varies, and is individual to you. You can find some good guidelines to calculate how much you need based on your body weight. The catch, though, is to not drink much before bed so that you’re not up in the night to pee!

Avoid alcohol. Yeah, alcohol can make you drowsy but it won’t get you good sleep. If you do have some alcohol, try to consume it at least 2 hours before bed.

Don’t overeat before bed. It’s a myth that eating before bed will make you fatter than eating at any other time, but eating before bed can disturb your sleep. Eating raises your body temperature, for instance, which will make it harder for you to sleep and will cause you to wake up in a puddle of sweat. It can also cause or worsen indigestion and heartburn.

Prepare for the next day. Get your clothes, makeup, and bathroom ready for what lies ahead. This is especially important for people that lay awake at night making to do lists for the next day!

Take time for yourself. Do some self care, whatever that means for you. Like I said before, I play a game on my phone before I go to sleep. You might watch your favorite TV show, or read a magazine. Do what works for you and helps you to feel relaxed.

Stick to your routine

This is the hardest part, and it’s where I fail every time.

If I let myself slip up even once, I know I’m screwed. And trust me, when I’m dead tired after chasing my toddler around all day, it seems so easy to just say, “I’ll do it tomorrow!”

But if you want to stay on track and really make this routine stick, you have to have discipline.

Have a plan

Decide what your night routine is going to be and write it down. This is a good time to start your bullet journal!

Make your plan as clear and simple as you can. The better you write this down, the better your chance of really following this plan.

Set up reminders

These can be sticky notes on the fridge or alarms on your phone.

Remember what I said about your brain obsessing over things it needs to remember? When you make your brain work to remember your entire bedtime routine, you create a new stress point that will only make falling asleep harder.

Take a few minutes to put up the reminders you need, and your brain will be able to relax… and you’ll be able to get some more sleep.

Over time, you won’t need these reminders, but as you start out they are definitely necessary.

Start small

You don’t need to do everything at once. Start with a bed time, and making sure your teeth are brushed and face washed. After a week, you can add the yoga or stretching. A week after that, cut out the screen time before bed.

Each step you take will help, and taking it more slowly will help you to really stick to it. It gives you the time to work out any kinks that might arise from any specific step, instead of a million issues that might pop up if you do everything at once.

Sleep tight!

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DIY Emergen-C Drink Mix

DIY vitamin C powder to boost your immune system and fight off colds and flus

I don’t know about you, but I love vitamin C drinks when I’m feeling sick. Sure, they might not work to stop a cold or flu, but they definitely make me feel better. And the placebo effect is good enough for me!

Let me guess. Your nose is runny, your chest feels tight, and your whole body aches?

Brand name mixes can be really expensive, though, and you never really know what’s in those things. And isn’t that one of the reasons we get into DIY stuff? To avoid those huge markups that brands think they can get away with?

And I like to take these every day if I can, and when these packets can cost up to a dollar per peck, that adds up pretty darn fast.

I hate chewables and I already take enough pills every day. And I love citrus fruit, but sometimes a girl has to give her teeth a break from that acid and sugar, right?

These packets don’t only help with immunity. They can make your skin glow and vitamin C is known to protect against cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and wrinkles. Wow!

Taken down to the basics, these packs are just a few things: vitamins, sweetener, flavoring, and a foaming agent.

But first: Is Emergen-C just a placebo?

There are a lot of products that rely on the placebo effect. It’s important to remember that even if it’s just a placebo, it is still helping you. Placebos are useful medicine, too, and shouldn’t be immediately written off.

For vitamin C drinks, the research is still pretty limited as to their effectiveness. The most relevant studies show that while vitamin C drinks don’t necessarily stop colds, they do act as adaptogens that can help you fight off colds during stressful times. So if you’re going into finals week, it may be worth it to drink some of the powder you’re about to make!

Research has also found that taking drinks like Emergen-C does shorten the duration of colds.

This is one of those cases where there is very little harm and a lot of possible good you can get from these drinks. So why not try it?

So what do you need?

  • Vitamin C powder
  • True Lemon or another brand of real lemon powder

Making this is simple. Measure a 1:1 ratio, and keep it in a mason jar. A serving size is 1tbs of the mix.

Store it in a dry and dark place. Vitamin C is unstable and oxidizes when exposed to air, light and heat.

And you can add any number of things to make this vitamin C powder taste better. I’m going to try it with some green tea in a day or two.

It won’t foam like the brand name, but you’re saving a ton of money and you get to make it taste exactly how you want. And even better, there’s less paper and plastic waste!

Other uses for your vitamin c powder

  • Emergen-C can be used to preserve your hair color. Apply it to your hair for 5 minutes to dissolve the iron and alkaline deposits your hair gets from hard water.
  • Vitamin C powder can be added to your moisturizer for beautiful skin. Just skip the True Lemon.
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Coconut secrets every woman should know

Amazing ways to use coconut oil

I bought my first jar of coconut oil when I started keto years ago. I used it in my eggs. I used it in my bulletproof coffee. I used it, briefly, for my hair. 
Let’s just say that I love coconut oil. I have had a jar on hand ever since I bought that first jar and never let myself run out of it.
Coconut oil has so many health benefits, but it also has practical uses as well. 
There are a lot of good reasons to love coconut oil:

Use coconut oil to improve your life. #naturalbeauty
  1. Coconut oil is a good saturated fat. That’s right, I used “good” and “saturated fat” together!
  2. Two words: Lauric acid. You know, that fatty acid that is found in breast milk? Yeah, it’s found in coconut oil, too. And lauric acid is nearly a miracle: it’s tied to weight loss, it could protect against alzheimers, and the majority of it is converted into energy rather than being stored as fat. That’s why it’s perfect in coffee: it makes an already energizing drink even more so!
  3. Coconut oil could support thyroid function and the metabolism. This is important for people trying to lose weight!
  4. And speaking of losing weight, consuming fats helps you to feel satiated for longer. So you can eat fewer calories but feel full for longer!
  5. Coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and even anti-viral. There are no side effects unless you’re allergic (so be careful when you start using it).

But what are some of the uses for coconut oil? Here are just a few ways to use coconut oil every day:

Use coconut oil to make a natural toothpaste #naturalhealth #ayurveda
  1. Make a coconut oil toothpaste. The fats in coconut oil helps to break up all that gunk on and between your teeth, leaving your mouth fresh and with ingredients you can trust. Find a good recipe here.
  2. Add to your popcorn instead of butter.
  3. Mix coconut oil and a hazelnut spread together in a 2:1 ratio to make an incredible ice cream topping that will harden within a minute.
  4. Condition wood with coconut oil. Coconut oil is especially great for conditioning your cutting board thanks to its anti-bacterial properties. 
  5. Add to pet food as a source of nutrients. One teaspoon per 10 pounds of dog is the recommended dose, but build up to that amount slowly over a month.
  6. Add a tablespoon of melted coconut oil to your morning smoothie.
  7. Use as a gunk remover. Get rid of sticker residue or gum in your hair.
  8. Remove your eye makeup gently with some coconut oil.
  9. Season your cast iron skillet. Never let your skillet get rusty again!
  10. Fix squeaky hinges by dabbing some coconut oil onto the hardware.
  11. Mix garlic and coconut oil for a creamy dairy free spread for bread or to use in recipes similar to garlic butter.
  12. Use as a safe lubricant for sex. However, if you’re trying to get pregnant, you may not want to use it as it may act as a natural spermicide.
  13. Rub some coconut oil inside of your nose during the winter to stop nosebleeds. 
  14. Mix coconut oil with peppermint, tea tree, or rosemary essential oils and apply it to your skin to keep bugs away while exploring outside during the summer.
  15. Mix coconut oil and sugar to make a simple lip scrub.
  16. Use coconut oil to buff and restore leather or polish furniture.
  17. Keep a small container of coconut oil to use in place of chapstick.
  18. Add to your coffee for a bulletproof coffee that will wake up your body and mind. Try one of these recipes.
  19. Rub coconut oil into your nails to strengthen and condition them, making them stronger and less likely to break.
  20. Use in place of butter in cinnamon toast.
  21. Make a homemade deodorant with this handy recipe.
  22. Coconut oil rubbed into a bug bite will calm the itchiness.
  23. Coconut oil can make a wonderful shower scrub that moisturizes as it exfoliates. Just be careful while you wash it off, because your tub will be slippery! Click here for the recipe.
  24. Remove crayon from walls by cleaning it up with coconut oil.
  25. Remove scuff marks by rubbing coconut oil into the marks on your floors.
  26. Keep eggs fresher for longer by dipping room temperature eggs into melted coconut oil. 
  27. Make DIY candles by using coconut oil as a natural carrier oil for the scents you want to use.

Will you use any of these tips in your home? I think I’m going to head into the kitchen and condition my cutting board right about now!