Heading Back to School With Schick

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It is officially Back to School season and many families are starting a new adventure this year with their kids.

Heading back to school when you are going to college is a great time of change which can be exciting and stressful at the same time. Feeling strong and confident can certainly help even the most timid new student start off strong this year.

I can still remember the day our daughter began her own college journey like it was just yesterday.

We wanted to equip her in any way that would keep her healthy, happy and successful while pursuing her education.  We also wanted to make sure she stayed healthy and strong while spending late nights studying which can wear down a new college student.

If you happen to have anyone heading off to college this year you know what it is like trying to make sure that they will have all they need to get started.

It is easy to consider all of the things we think they will need and we do the best we can to prepare them to start taking care of themselves completely now that they are beginning the next step in their journey to complete adulthood.

Send them off right with more than school supplies this year.

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Make sure they have everything they need to support proper hygiene which ultimately will keep them in the best health when you can’t be there to help.

You can find everything you need by heading Rite Aid like I did.

Schick has an entire line of disposable razors for all students that will leave them with feeling strong, clean and confident!

So don’t forget the hygiene needs of your newest college student this year.

I had a great time checking out all of the things available at Rite Aid.

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*Saving Dollars and Sense Tip: You can pick these Schick Disposable Razors at Rite Aid right now beginning at just $4 each on sale!

You can find Schick disposable razors at many stores including Rite Aid, Meijer, Dollar General, Kroger and more!

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4 Schick® Disposable Razor Products That You Can Purchase:

  • Schick Hydro® 5 Razor (Men)
  • Schick® Xtreme 3® Ultimate Razor (Men)
  • Schick® Quattro® (Women)
  • Schick® Hydro Silk® Razor (Women)
  • Schick® Slim Twin® Razor (Men)

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Some things to keep in mind when deciding on the perfect Schick product:

  1. Xtreme3: 3 blades that flex and pivot, with vitamin E and aloe for a smooth shave
  2. Schick Quattro: 4 titanium-coated blades for a close shave
  3. Schick Slim Twin: Twin blades and a push-to-clean mechanism for simple shaving

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Diffuser Lockets $14.99 (6 to Choose From)

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Jane has these diffuser lockets on sale for just $14.99 each!

You can choose between six different styles!

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These beautiful lockets each come with Aroma-balls that you scent with your favorite essential oil and place within the locket so you can smell your oil throughout the day.

Order yours here while supplies last!

DaySpring Redeemed Bags Flash Sale

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Dayspring is offering a special Flash Sale today on several items from the redeemed collection!

I have had my eye on these two bags for some time now and just might be tempted enough today to choose one at the $15 Flash Sale price.

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Now my biggest problem is simply going to be trying to choose between both of them.

Which one would you choose?

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You will also find several accessory items on sale just $4 each!

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You can see all of the items included in this Redeemed Flash Sale here.

Rimmel Keep Calm and Lip Balm Coupon

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Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 11.38.15 PMRimmel Keep Calm Lip Balms come in several fun varieties so there is sure to be something perfect for everyone and every occasion.

I don’t usually wear much makeup and I generally skip it altogether unless I am heading out of the house, and even then I only use a little eyeliner.

But one thing I never forget to put on is lip balm. And when I find one that smells good and does a fantastic job of moisturizing I will keep it with me always.

I recently had the opportunity to try them all out and instantly fell in love with this fun and flirty Keep Calm and Shop lip balm.

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It is clear but also has a touch of shine so I can wear it with any of my favorite deal hunting outfits.

When I am planning to spend the day shopping and searching for bargains I like to keep only a few things in my bag.

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I always make sure to have my cards, coupons and planning list as well as my favorite essential oils, a water bottle, pen, paper, sunglasses and lip balm.

Have I mentioned how much I love a good deal?

These are sold exclusively at Walmart for just $2.50 each!

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There are several varieties and I have a $1 off coupon that you can use to save even more on this hot deal!

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Keep Calm and Shop – Clear

Keep Calm and Rock – Rose Blush

Keep Calm and Love – Crystal Clear

Keep Calm and Play – Berry Blush

Keep Calm and Party – Violet Blush

Keep Calm and Kiss – Pink Blush

Stop in at Walmart to pick up your favorite today and then take a photo of yours with the hashtag #KeepCalmLipBalm and you could be features on the Keep Calm Gallery Page!

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Print your coupon for $1 off 2Rimmel Keep Calm Lip Balm

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How to Make a Bee House and Habitat

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Several years ago my niece was visiting after school and tried to tell me about the bees and what was happening and how our world would be changed and not in a good way if we continued to see the bees disappear.

You are probably thinking, why does that matter to me?  After all, bees are a nuisance. At least that is exactly how I used to think before I learned more about why bees are such an important part of our lives and what will happen if they were to disappear forever, because that is the path we are headed if more of us don’t take action now.

Why are bees so important anyway?

Bees are the main pollinators in our world and we need them to sustain healthy real food crops.

Bees are essential for our food system

Bees and other pollinators are essential for two-thirds of the food crops humans eat everyday such as almonds, squash, cucumbers, apples, oranges, blueberries, and peaches. One out of every three bites of food we eat is pollinated by honeybees.

Bees are dying at alarming rates, and neonic pesticides are a key contributor to the problem based on a strong and growing body of science.

Bees contribute over $20 billion to the U.S. economy and $217 billion to the global economy.

A study by Friends of the Earth and Pesticide Research Institute found 36 out of 71 “bee friendly” garden plants – 51% — contained neonic pesticides that are harmful to bees, with no warning to gardeners. Our own survival is tied closely to the survival of bees and other pollinators – we must listen to what the body of science is telling us and take swift action to protect them.

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I chose to add a Bee House to my yard in hopes of creating a safe Bee Haven for the mason bees in my area, because apparently mason bees are amazing pollinators and do not sting.

It’s really easy to create a Bee Habitat.

All you need is a Mason Bee House like the ones here.

Choose an area that is safe 3-6 feet from the ground in an area that is protected from wind or harsh weather,

Find a location in your yard with lots of organic pollinator friendly plants. Plant a diverse range of flowers to attract lots of different bee species. Allow native weeds to grow. Dandelions, clover and other weeds are beneficial to pollinators and butterflies.

Avoid using any pesticides or chemicals on your plants.

Provide a water source or create a Bee Bath using a pot filled with rocks and water to the brim so the bees are able to land on the rocks and drink.

I have had my bee house up for a couple weeks and haven’t noticed any new neighbors yet, but I think I need to add some more flowers to the area and just be patient.

We all need to do our part to protect the bees!

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Beekeepers have lost an average of 30% of their hives in recent years, with some beekeepers losing all of their hives and many leaving the industry. This is too high to be sustainable.

Recent losses are staggering making it difficult for beekeepers to stay in business and for farmers to meet their pollination needs for important crops like almonds and berries.Em5mrR_k0o9TjIQY5nwgLrBmD8XjV0ACWypzCwGZCDM

A growing body of science implicates neonic pesticides – one of the most widely used class of insecticides in the world, manufactured by Bayer and Syngenta – as a key factor in recent bee die-offs.

Neonics can kill bees outright and make them more vulnerable to pests, pathogens and other stressors while impair their foraging and feeding abilities, reproduction and memory.

Neonics are widely used in the U.S. on 140 crops and for cosmetic use in gardens. Neonics can last in soil, water and the environment for months to years to come.

Neonics are also harming other helpful insects and animals critical to sustainable food production and healthy ecosystems, like wild bees, butterflies, dragonflies, lacewings, and ladybugs, birds, earthworms, mammals and aquatic insects.

A meta-analysis of more than 1,200 peer-reviewed studies released by the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides — a group of global, independent scientists — confirms neonics are a key factor in bee declines and are harming beneficial organisms essential to functional ecosystems and food production, including soil microbes, butterflies, earthworms, reptiles, and birds. The Task Force called for immediate regulatory action to restrict neonicotinoids.

A recent study by a group of Swedish scientists found neonicotinoids may actually be addictive to bees and another recent study by New Castle University concluded that treating flowering crops with commonly used neonicotinoids “presents a sizeable hazard to foraging bees”, and recommends that reducing pesticide use “may be the only certain” way to halt bee and pollinator declines.tQ0KwMlCpPnc11DzSDmIl67TvuP882kK94CLR8HgkH8

What can you do to help?

Check out the Friends of the Earth site for lots of great ways you can get involved!

People should buy organic products or talk to businesses to ensure they are selling products that do not contain neonics We need to change the law to restrict neonics in the U.S. as Europe and Ontario, Canada have done.

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The European Union has put a 2 year suspension on the most widely used neonics in an effort to protect bees. A scientific review by European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) states that neonicotinoids pose an unacceptably high risk to bees.

The Ontario government became the first state or province in North America to restrict neonicotinoids to reverse bee declines.The province plans to reduce the use of neonicotinoids on corn and soybeans by 80% by 2017.

Cities, states and universities across the U.S. have taken steps to restrict neonicotinoids including:Oregon, Minnesota, Seattle, Thurston County and Spokane, WA, Shorewood, St. Louis, and Andover, Stillwater, MN, Ogunquit, ME, and Eugene, Portland and Cannon Beach, OR, Emory University and Vermont Law School.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it will phase out neonics by 2016.

The Council on Environmental Quality released a guidance in October recommending that federal facilities and federal lands, not use systemic insecticides or acquire seeds and plants from nurseries that have been treated with systemic insecticides. These guidelines have the potential to increase the demand by the federal government for truly pollinator friendly plants.

What is Einkorn and Can it Help Gluten Intolerance?

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I started to hear about Einkorn a little over a year ago and have been fascinated by it ever since then.

Ever since the rise of gluten intolerance in so many people including my own family, I have looked for alternatives and thanks to Einkorn, I have found a perfect replacement for my family.

We are not Celiac, so we can eat all forms of wheat, but in the last several years we have noticed that we cannot tolerate the same things we once could. Because there is no way I would ever get rid of my beloved bread, I knew I needed to find an option that everyone would love and I have found it!

Einkorn is the grain that has been used since the beginning of time. It is called the original staff-of-life grain and highly nutritional, unhybridized and low in gluten!

Einkorn has a 14 chromosomes , whereas modern wheat has a 42 chromosomes which changes the gluten structure. Einkorn is considered more nutritious than modern wheat, based on the higher level of protein, essential fatty acids, phosphorous, potassium, pyridoxine, and beta-carotene.

After learning this, I am no longer surprised by the rising number of people who are gluten intolerant.

When compared to other highly modified wheat products that can be found on grocery store shelves today, einkorn is much more compatible with the human body making it super easy to digest due to its unhybridized makeup.

Einkorn wheat is easier to digest, so nutrients are better absorbed, thus promoting the proper functions of the digestive system.

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I have decided to replace all other baking flours with Young Living Einkorn flour because it is so easy to do and I want all of the health benefits that come from being intentional about the food choices we make.

You can easily substitute einkorn flour in any recipe calling for all-purpose or wheat flours.

Here are some tips to keep in mind as you transition to einkorn flour.

  • In standard muffin, pancake, cake or cookie recipes, you may want to reduce liquid by as much as 20%.
  • In standard cake recipes, try adding an extra egg white to the batter to keep your cake light and fluffy. Also beat batter less and at a lower speed.
  • When baking bread, keep in mind that einkorn flour absorbs liquid more than other flours and the dough is often wetter and stickier. Resist the urge to add more flour to the mixture. Avoid over kneading the dough.

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Young Living recently began offering Einkorn Flour along with their Einkorn Pancake/Waffle Mix and Spaghetti and I can honestly tell you that I will continue to replace things in my pantry with einkorn products are they become available to me.

I learned last week that there are plans for 143 more Einkorn products coming soon!

If you think you might buy more than once, you might want to take a look at how to get a wholesale membership that will save you 24% off all purchases!

Einkorn Recipes:

Einkorn Sheet Cake

Einkorn Banana Bread