We are in the middle of the Christmas season. Whether you are enjoying the holiday cheer or stressing out over Christmas gifts, we are here to help. Here are a few tips to find the best deals and S.L.E.I.G.H your holiday shopping.
The sooner you start, the better. According to NRF.com (National Retail Federation), only 6.7% of shoppers begin their holiday shopping in September, 21.3% by October 1, and 42% by November 1. A lot of people are now opting to shop using apps and plugins that help you find the best deals. Take a good nap while your cyber elf assistants watch for price drops and get you the best deals.
Lists and limits
Creating a list is a lot more important than you may think. Any time you put a new item on your online shopping cart or go to a store, sit down and write a list of all the people you plan to buy gifts for. Make a budget and stick to it!
Establish a deadline
It's very helpful to set up a deadline for shopping and presents. Imagine sitting by the fire with a hot chocolate, enjoying your Christmas tree. Getting your shopping done before the Christmas holiday not only lets you skip the long lines, but allows you to enjoy the holidays to the fullest! Ordering online is also a great way to skip the lines, as long as you have done enough research into what you are buying.
Include everything and avoid impulse buys
The most important thing you can do during your holiday shopping is setting priorities. Find out what your needs are, even in your list of wants, and make sure you don't get carried away with all of the great deals. if you come to the sales prepared, you will know what to do when the temptation starts getting to you.
One of the best gifts you can give is to give back. As cheesy as it may sound, you can learn about yourself and others when you choose to give back. Dedicate some of your funds to charitable causes and find some places to serve.
Hustle hard and be happy
Having small goals and being diligent with your holiday shopping is harder than you may think. Stick to your lists and get your shopping done a soon as possible so that you can enjoy your time with your family.
There you have it—a few simple tips to help you S.L.E.I.G.H. all the way through the holidays!
Being thankful during thanksgiving weekend is just as prevalent as the craziness of Black Friday, which has become a mixture of service and fighting the crowds to get the best deal. Planning for your holiday shopping in advance will help you have and we want to give you some tips to help you do that.
Think about this. It's Thanksgiving weekend and all of the stressful Thanksgiving thoughts are taking over.
STOP! You can't kill yourself worrying about everything that may or may not go well. Thinking like this is not helpful or healthy.
Take the Friday before Thanksgiving - this year, November 22 - to relax, declutter your mind and give yourself a clean slate.
Here are a few tips for you to spend part of the day:
Don't be alarmed if cleaning your closet leads to uncontrollable laughter and increased recollection of great memories you had in your life. If you notice prolonged smiling and uninvited thoughts of gratitude, please consult a loved one so that these symptoms can be spread to the people that are close to you. Other side effects may include randomly hugging people, a general feeling of fulfillment, and one or more sighs of relief.
Now that you have a different perspective on things, let's go back to your pre-thanksgiving preparations. Here are some new, positive thoughts to replace the negativity from earlier.
To finish off our recommendations, here is one more quote from the amazing Mr. Rogers “It’s not so much what we have in this life that matters. It’s what we do with what we have.” Use the day before thanksgiving to remember what is important and be grateful for what you have. We would love to see what else you could come up with to give yourself a clean slate.
The holidays are a great time to spend time with family, friends, and a lot of FOOD!
For those of us that are trying to eat healthier, the holidays can be a stressful time to keep to your diet. How can you resist a piece of pie?!
Believe or not, there are so many ways to enjoy holiday goods without losing all your progress. One of the best ways to keep yourself healthy is to learn how to substitute foods and watch your serving sizes.
Let’s take a turkey dinner as an example of healthy substitutions and portion control:
Small modifications, although it may not seem like much, could save you around 1,000 calories and you could still get a good meal.
Feeling deprived while you eat is only going to make it harder to stay on your diet. Eating well is all about having a healthy relationship with food. Practicing some moderation but eating well during big holidays will help you to stick to your diet for much longer.
Instead of worrying about what to eat, substituting your meals and watching your portions will allow you to focus on your family, your friend, and the good feelings you’ve been blessed with!
You could be dehydrated right now and you wouldn’t even know it.
Surprisingly, this is more common than people realize. According to CBS, 75% of the population may be chronically dehydrated!
If you are feeling sluggish, fatigued, and agitated, you may not be drinking enough water yourself. On the other hand, drinking enough water has several different physical and mental benefits.
Here are a few tips that might help you SEA the benefits of drinking more water and how to do it.
How much water is too much water?
There are so many opinions as to how much water we should drink. The honest truth is that the answer varies.
In general, 8oz of water a day is a good place to start. Depending on your body type, you might need a little more but not usually less.
Tip #1: Space Out Your Drinks
If you’ve tied to drink 8 cups of water all at once, you know it’s not a great idea. You may succeed, but you will surely regret it.
The best way to stay hydrated is to drink water over time.
When you wake up, your body is starting the day at a hydration deficit. Get used to drinking a glass of water in the morning. It will help you wake up and prepare you for the day.
Get used to drinking water during your meals and in between your meals. Fight off the after-lunch slump with another refreshing drink of water. Before you know it, you will have drank more than enough water for the entire day.
Tip #2: When are you Thirsty?
If you are craving a taco, you may actually just want a tall drink of water. Experts say to drink a glass of water before eating a meal or a snack and then wait 15 minutes. If you were hungry, you might still feel a stomach pang. But, you were just thirsty, you will feel satisfied.
Learn to listen to your body. When do you crave food or snacks? Are you used to eating late at night? When is it easiest for you to drink water?
As you make drinking water a habit, your body will adapt and improve
Tip #3: Lunch Time
Cucumbers, strawberries, peppers, watermelons and many other fruits and vegetables are mostly water. Eating the right fruits will help you stay hydrated and keep you healthy and strong.
There are a lot of recipes online that will help you incorporate these fruits and vegetables into your everyday meals.
Tip #4 Some Drinks can Dehydrate
Don’t most drinks have water in them? Well, yes and no.
Alcoholic drinks often act as diuretics, which means that they cause the body to lose fluids and reduce your brain’s desire to drink water.
Instead of buying sugary drinks, get creative and add fruits or even sweet herbs to your water.
Drinking water is a lot more important than you may realize. All it takes to be healthier is to pick up a few glasses of water a day. Are you willing to do it?
In 2018, Bankrate.com said that 37% of American adults have some kind of side hustle or side gig. And, according to the Hustle, the average extra income for these side hustles is about $12,609/year with about 11 hours per week.
This is being referred to as “the gig economy” in which people work short-term engagements for goods and services. This isn't necessarily a new idea, per se, but with the rapid growth of technology, it has expanded greatly in recent years.
There are many different kinds of side hustles that one can do—everything from e-commerce to real estate. Some gigs are more for fun and aren't necessarily big moneymakers. Yet, some side hustles can be very lucrative. The way that people use and spend their extra income also varies. Some people use it to pad their savings account or even for investments, others use it as disposable income to travel or leisure, and some pay off debt. No matter what the side gig is or how people are spending their extra earnings, one thing is certain: side hustling is extremely fulfilling.
If you are searching for a good side hustle but aren't sure what to do or how to do it, we have a few tips to help get you started.
Tip #1 — Find Your Passion
If you're spending your free time doing something you don’t love, chances are you won't be very driven to succeed in that thing and achieve your goals. Rather, take a talent inventory. What are you good at doing? What do you like to do when you have free time? What unique thing can you share with/teach other people? Make a list of these things and it will give you a good starting point.
Example: Say that you're really big into healthy eating and fitness. Maybe you can start up a side hustle focused on helping people stay fit, lose weight, and live a healthy lifestyle. Something like becoming a Xyngular Distributor would be a great idea for you.
Tip #2 — Find A Niche
A niche is a specific market or community that focuses on a certain type of product or activity. Some example niches are backcountry skiing, archery shooting, bowling, marathon runners, or baseball card trading. There are millions of niches out there to choose from. Once you have a list of potential opportunities, now start focusing on your specialties/talents. Renowned author, Lynda Falkenstein, suggests that a good niche won’t just fall out of the sky and present itself to you, it has to be carefully crafted. She says, “Smaller is bigger in business, and smaller is not all over the map; it’s highly focused.” In other words, the more specific and focused your niche is, the more likely you are to find success.
Tip #3 — Set a Routine
There are 168 hours in a full week. Let’s assume that you spend 40 hours a week of them working your regular job. Then let's say you spend about 56 hours sleeping (that’s probably a stretch, but for the sake of this example, we'll use that number). After working and sleeping, you're left with 72 hours for things like eating, grooming, exercising, etc. What if you set aside just 5 hours for your side hustle? That's just one hour a day, Monday-Friday. If you still think that's unobtainable, we suggest recording your time use for one week. You might be surprised by the amount of time you take to scroll through social media or watching TV. Whatever it may be, you'll need to cut out some of these "relaxing activities" to make a little more time for your side gig.
Tip #4 — Be Courageous
You can't be afraid to fail. As Brené Brown says, “You can choose courage, or you can choose comfort, but you cannot have both.” No matter what you choose to do to for your side hustle, it is going to be tough. Don't be fooled by the others who make side hustling look easy. It's not. They've put in the time and worked like crazy to get where they are.
Tip #5 — Have an Abundance Mentality
When you buy a new car, there's something weird that happens. All of a sudden, everyone else has that same car! But that's not the case. When you start out on your journey, you will notice others, others that you didn't notice before, doing similar things as you. Don't get discouraged by this. Stephen Covey explained this as shifting from a scarcity mentality to an abundance mentality which is having the mentality that there is room for everyone. Tip your hat to the others working hard on their side hustles, and keep grinding away on yours.
Hopefully this gives you a good starting point. We commend you for wanting to start your own side hustle. Though it may be a tough journey, you will find that it's an incredibly rewarding one!
Fun fact: the largest swimming pool in the world is the Crystal Lagoon at the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Algarrobo, Chile. Did you know that? The pool is a whopping 3,324 ft in length (over 1 full kilometer) with a total area of 19.77 acres. That’s a lot of water! Most likely, you're not heading to Chile this summer, but you’ll probably be going to a pool sometime this summer. You'll most likely go to multiple pools, actually.
There are some great benefits to swimming. It helps improve flexibility and strength, it increases circulation, it rehabilitates your muscles, it can help better your balance, and more. Along with all of that, hanging out at the pool is just fun. It’s a great way to stay cool during hot summer days.
If you are at the pool, why not get in a workout while you’re there? There are plenty of ways to get some exercise while enjoying your day at the pool.
It's getting hot out there, and in case you haven't noticed, we're here to tell you: it's summer! Many people have hit it hard and reached their weight loss goals before June 1. Good for them! That's awesome! But what about the rest of us that are still working on our "summer bod"?
We have good news: summer is the perfect time to work on your health and weight loss goals!
With longer days and warmer temperatures, summertime can make working out and finding active exercises even easier. Jogging, walking, boating, canoeing, hiking, biking, swimming, and so on are perfect summer activities that get your body moving. Just pick your favorite activity, get outside, and have fun!
However, along with the hotter and longer days, you need to make sure that you are utilizing the right tools to help boost your weight loss goals. That's where the Ultimate System comes into play.
Simple and Effective
Summer is a busy time. No one wants to be wasting the little time they have stressing about little things like food prep. With the Ultimate System, you don't have to put in all of the "guesswork" of losing weight. This pack addresses all of the common reasons for why other weight loss systems fail.
This plan has everything! With a good weight-loss coach helping you through the process, it can't get easier. Now you have more time enjoying your summer instead of worrying about if your diet's working or not.
What's In It?
The Ultimate System combines the best products that work together to help you get the best results. A few of the products that are in this system include:
Trust the Process!
Remember that weight loss is a process that takes time. Most likely, you won't completely reach your goals withing the 30 days of the Ultimate System. That's why you get and exclusive $100 product credit toward your next purchase after you buy the Ultimate System. This makes it just a bit easier for you to continue on in your fitness journey.
So get out there, use the Ultimate System, stay motivated, and enjoy your summer!
Your skin, the body’s largest organ, is about 8 pounds and acts as a waterproof, insulating shield for your body. Your skin isn’t just for looks. It comes with many other benefits like absorbing Vitamin D, converting calcium get to your bones, and helping you experience touch and feeling. For such a crucial organ and integral part of your body, you really need to take care of it properly. One of the best ways to do this is by watching what you intake into your body.
Be good to your skin, be consistent about taking care of it, and it will continually take care of you.
When school lets out for the summer, parents get the opposite of a summer break! They actually have to work harder!
Summer is full of driving kids from one soccer game to the next, then off to their friend's house, summer activities, swim lessons, and more! It might actually be more work that dropping the kids off at school, picking them up, and taking them to summer activities.
You might be feeling drained of all your energy from trying to keep up with your kids who somehow have busier schedules than you do. We figured out three ways to help keep you energized all summer long.
1. Plan Snacks for the Day
You've been so busy running your kids from one activity to the next that you might have forgotten to eat! It's important to plan snacks that work well with your day. Having snacks prepared can help you maintain a healthier lifestyle as you are less likely to stop for fast food or grab unhealthy snacks on your way out the door.
Incorporating healthy snacks into your summer can also help keep your blood sugar more stable and give you the energy you need to fuel your busy day. Need some ideas? Read up on a few quick tips to eating healthy on the go.
2. Sneak in Some Adult Nap-Time
Energy is so wasted on the young. They just go, go, go with their crazy amounts of energy reserves.
But that doesn't mean that you can't add a little more energy to your day.
Wondering how? Add a much-needed nap to your day.
Sneak some you-time in while your kids are at a friends house, at a summer activity, or with the grandparents. You've got the house all to yourself - take advantage of the peace and quiet and squeeze in a power nap. Set an alarm for yourself and catch some zzz's.
3. Get a Boost with Xyng
There will be times in the summer were snacks and naps just won't quite do the trick. You are going to need a different, natural source of energy to give you the boost you need to chase your kiddos.
Add a little Xyng to your life.
Xyng by Xyngular is packed full of energy from natural ingredients. Taking just one or two capsules can give you the boost you need to fuel your day and keep you going. Another benefit of Xyng: it can help improve your mood and control appetite. This health and wellness product can help you chase your kids around all day long!
Re-Energize Your Summer
You can have just as much fun as your kids this summer. Follow these three simple tips to boost your energy so that you can survive the craziness of summer and keep up with your kids.