Cool Mist HoMedics Oscillating Humidifier For Allergies

Humidifiers are great to have in the home. Helping with allergies, houseplants, sleeping and so much more! Humidifiers come in both cool and warm air that they emit but doctors have said both work the same.

HoMedics Oscillating Cool Mist 1-Gallon Ultrasonic Humidifier found at Bed Bath And Beyond

I have allergies. BAD allergies. When I was around the age 4-5 years old my mother noticed that I was always, what she thought, sick. We went to the doctor and they explained that I had year round allergies. Some may not have heard of this term. As an adult I actually had a woman not believe me when I had really bad allergies one day, and she stated that she had never heard of this term, “year round allergies” and told me that I had a cold. It was rude, but living with my body I knew personally what it was. And, I felt better once I left the environment where I was at.

Now, back to when I initially found out I had allergies. The doctor asked my mother about our home, and after a series of questions it was determined that I had a lot of stuffed animals which I didn’t play with therefore between the fur and collection of dust that contributed to my constant sneezing, watery eyes, ect. My mom quickly got rid of my stuffed animals. The doctor also recommended my mother purchase barrier pillow protectors, which is a plastic cover that goes over your pillowcase before you put the actual pillow case on. By following these recommendations my allergies at home got better.

But, I was also having bad symptoms outside. It was due to grass and pollen. Outside I would experience runny nose, watery eyes if pollen counts are high. Springtime and early summer was the worst. The worst. I once again was taken to the doctor to see what could further help. I was introduced to allergy shots.

As describes: “Allergy shots are a form of treatment called immunotherapy. Each allergy shot contains a tiny amount of the specific substance or substances that trigger your allergic reactions. … Allergy shots contain just enough allergens to stimulate your immune system — but not enough to cause a full-blown allergic reaction.”

Weekly I would go to Kaiser hospital and it would be about 10 shots that I would receive up my arm. They hurt at first then felt like a prick thereafter. I wasn’t bothered as a kid having to go each week because I’d rather go than to feel sick all of the time. The allergy shots ended and I was prescribed Allegra (the brand eventually became an over the counter medicine).

I became older and I would have allergic reactions to cut grass, pollen, and perfume the most. Fragrance reactions would burn my nose. I stopped taking Allegra and would go more of a holistic route such as taking a spoon full of local honey. And drinking herbal teas.

Moving to Las Vegas you are living in the middle of the desert literally. So the air is REALLY dry. When I came here looking for a place my allergies were so bad the first day, and throughout that month that when my eyes watered they would burn and I could not see. I purchased eye drops which saved me, and I faithfully wore sunglasses when I was out.

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After actually moving here my body better adjusted, but I would find myself waking out of my sleep coughing. Water would be my go to. Sometimes it would help sometimes it wouldn’t. Spraying tea tree mixed with water would make the are fresh but didn’t stop my coughing. I remembered that my mother also had a humidifier in the house growing up. I purchased one and I was amazed how much better I was during the night. And day. The first one I bought was small and I would have to refill often. I then purchased one that would last up to 48 hours.

As you can see allergies have been something I have always dealt with my entire life. I wanted to share my story in hopes that it will help someone else. I’m no where near as sensitive to things that would bother me when I was younger, sometimes seasonally, but that is rare.

I purchased the HoMedics Oscillating Cool Mist 1-Gallon Ultrasonic Humidifier for $69.99 at Bed Bath And Beyond. Humidifiers come in both cool and warm air that they emit but doctors have said both work the same.

Below is a list of reasons to own a humidifier:

Clears up allergies and sinuses

Faster healing times from a cold, a sinus infection, or the flu

Improves Sleeping

Healthier Houseplants

Vibrant Skin

No more cracked, dry lips

If you have allergies I would strongly suggest trying a humidifier out!

Best Wishes,

Kadesh Carter

Summer Body At Home Yoga + Workouts

It feels good to workout. Especially at home. You can create a lifelong enjoyment of taking care of your body for summer and every season.

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The yoga mat that I purchased (the red one shown above) was from Dick’s Sporting Goods located here in Las Vegas. In the past I was not concerned with the material or durability or thickness of a yoga mat, but now things have changed, I enjoy quality.

The mat that I purchased is made by Manduka, a premium yoga mat and fitness apparel company. As I went through the options the store provided I could not decide, but I kept returning to look at this red mat in which I liked the thickness of. My love, he told me to, “Just get it”, in fact he said he would purchase it for me because he knew I really wanted it. Being so indecisive it was a big help.

The mat cost $90 – Now to some this may be overpriced in their opinion but its up to the consumer how they want to spend their money. Rather its shoes from Payless or red bottom Christian Louboutin’s, people are entitled to decide between either.

Could I tell the difference? Yes! – The first place that I tested my mat out was when we went to Sin City Yoga. The ambiance of the studio was what I noticed first, I really love the golden mandala painted on the wall that students face during practice. And, in regards to my mat I could feel the difference. In the past my lower back would feel a pinch on mats and I would have to use the cushion provided, I didn’t feel any discomfort on my Manduka mat.

Fit For Fitness

At the beginning of the year I started a 16 week fitness challenge to add to my self-care routine. Now, to not stress myself I honestly have not been counting the weeks. Some may find this strange but I don’t want to judge myself on what is toned what looks the same still and so on. I will stop when I feel its time to. By not being judgmental I don’t look in the mirror at the changes happening to my body. Also I workout specific areas mainly. We all know we are our own biggest critics. I know that I can be!

At first I was doing russian twists and “squats” (yes in quotations), because I was not doing them correctly. As I have not seriously worked out in two years I know the sore feeling of working out and I would not feel anything. Therefore I looked on YouTube the correct way to squat. Now we were on to something. My legs felt sore but it felt good to know that I corrected my form. I was doing squats on my own until I recalled an app that I used to do squats with. Well and behold the app was still top rated and one of the first to appear in my search. The app is literally called “Squats” in lime green text on the Google Play app if you wish to look for it.

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At the beginning of the year I started a 16 week fitness challenge to add to my self-care routine.

This evening to relax I did a yoga routine on YouTube titled ‘15 Yoga Poses That’ll Change Your Body In Less Than a Month,’ followed by another app from Google called ‘Butt & Legs’, and ending with the ‘Squats’ app.

Please keep in mind that I do not workout each and everyday. Sometimes you just can’t due to your body needing rest, having a busy schedule and so on.

YouTube and Google Play are GREAT resources for completing workouts at home.

It feels good to work out. Especially at home. We purchased a gym membership and went twice. But still paid for a few months after that. Which is exactly how fitness centers make their money – from people like me. I am not one to lift weights and such so honestly I had no reason to go.

It feels good to work out. Especially at home…

I feel more energized working out routinely and I have been making delicious meals more often since my goal is to tone up, and gain 5-10 pounds. I will go beyond the 16 weeks and hopefully really make working out a lifelong enjoyment and not just for summer.


Kadesh Carter

In Our Home: Organic Reusable Bamboo Utensils

When I moved to Las Vegas I knew I wanted to live even more of a holistic, organic, sustainable lifestyle. Owning eco-friendly household items was a given factor of what would be included in that lifestyle.

The first time that I had ever come across a bamboo utensil was about 5 years ago while shopping at a Whole Foods. I actual stopped to read about the company because I thought that it was a great concept! They looked nice as well. Oddly or maybe, conveniently for those who brought lunch from home to work, the item was sold as a single bamboo spoon. I also recall that around the same time there was an individually ran start-up who was looking to mass produce bikes made of bamboo to distribute in Africa and possibly sell here in the United States because of the plants sustainability and durability.

Bamboo, for many is the plant that brings to mind panda’s chomping down on as their favorite meal. Or, depending on if you live in a metropolitan area where there is a Chinatown, you may see them being sold, as decor or potted and placed around alters of stores, and restaurants. For me that is what I grew up relating bamboo to. I was born in Oakland which has a Chinatown and would be often taken to San Francisco to visit with family, which is where the largest Chinatown in the United States is located.

Bamboo was primarily associated with Chinese culture before I knew anything about its many uses. When I moved to Las Vegas I knew I wanted to live even more of a holistic, organic, sustainable lifestyle. Owning eco-friendly household items was a given factor of what would be included in that lifestyle. Both our eating utensils as well as cooking utensils are made from bamboo.

Reasons that I use bamboo kitchen utensils include; they are biodegradable, very easy to clean, decorative, the cooking utensils wont stick or scratch pans, and are long lasting.

Few tips:
– Wash by hand
– Purchase reusable bamboo utensils for home and disposable ones for events or gatherings.

Purchase bamboo eating utensils here.

Purchase bamboo cooking utensils here.

Do you own anything that is made of bamboo?

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Naturally Living,
Kadesh Carter

Experiencing Life Through Exploration

I would hike it’s trails alone, with friends who wanted to keep in shape, and sometimes with friends just to enjoy the scenery.

Lake Chabot is the most beautiful lake in all of the Bay Area.

I would hike it’s trails alone, with friends who wanted to keep in shape, and sometimes with friends just to enjoy the scenery.

One thing about nature that reminds you that humans are connected to the earth is how fresh and clean the air is!

It’s trail offers 20 miles of hiking trails, which then connects to 70 miles leading through Oakland, San Leandro, Castro Valley, Lafayette and further…

– Kadesh Carter

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Core values of continuously moving forward, improving, and innovating. This website meant to inform readers from all over the country. Providing financial information from an individual who has 8 years in working banking, and daily living tips incorporating the motto practice what you preach of wellness vitality.

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