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Holiday Gift Guide

Janis Covey

I don’t know about you but I stress about what to give friends and family for the holidays. I always find that useful gifts are the best! So we have put together some great gift boxes perfect for everyone on your list.

Our holiday hand soaps are great gifts. Bring one along for a hostess gift at your next holiday party or get a set of them for the perfect gift for your child’s teacher. Everyone needs hand soap and these fun holiday scents make them the perfect gift.

We have also created these fun tags for you to download to make gifting our Holiday Hand Soaps even easier. You’ll be a hit at the next holiday party!

Click here to download We Wash You.

Click here to download We are MINT.

PS: The “Mint” tag also works great with our Mint Your Feet Gift Box.

Looking to clean up your main man’s routine? Spruce him up with our Spruce’d Up holiday gift box.

Looking for the perfect gift for that person on your list who is always on their feet? (Think nurse, teacher, mom) Then look no further than our Mint Your Feet Gift set!

How about all those teens on your list? (the babysitter, your daughter’s bff) Our Holiday Lip Balm Set is perfect. All wrapped and ready to gift. These little cuties are also perfect stocking stuffers or office grab bag gifts.

Tricks to Stop the Treats

Janis Covey

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Halloween is here and so is the dreaded candy.  If you’re like me, you try to have your children eat healthy and steer clear of artificial dyes, high fructose corn syrup and refined sugar, and then Halloween sneaks up, out of nowhere, threatening to fill your children with all the garbage you have been working so hard to avoid.  Now don’t get me wrong, I want my children to enjoy the whole Halloween experience.  I want them to dress up and go trick or treating with their friends.  What I don’t want is them eating candy for days and weeks after.

To avoid this sugar binge, here are a few of the strategies I have used:

1.     Let the kids hand out the candy:  After they have had their fun trick or treating, my girls love to come back and hand out candy, they are always bummed when the last pieces are gone and we have to turn off the light.  In the past, to keep the fun going, they have given out the candy they received while trick or treating.  They pick out a couple of favorites and then enjoy some more time seeing other kids' costumes and handing out candy a little longer.

2.     Swap it:  Have you heard of the Great Pumpkin or the Switch Witch?  One of them shows up after your kids go to bed and take all the candy and leave your child a prize instead.

3.     Donate it:  Operation Gratitude collects Halloween candy every year to send to our troops.  Get more information here.  You could also reach out to a local nursing home.

Now, I know what you’re thinking!  What do we give out for Halloween?  You don’t want your kids to eat it, so how can you give it out?!  Here are a few healthier options:


1.     Non-candy treat:  There are so many options!  Hot chocolate packets, mini pretzel snack bags, bubbles, activity pads, slap bracelets.  The list could go on and on.

2.      Money:  I don’t know about you but growing up there was a house that always gave coins instead of candy.  This was my favorite house to go to.  They handed out quarters and I loved to add the coins to my piggy bank and dream about what I was saving for.

3.     If candy is a must, go organic. I realize no candy is truly healthy but if you're sticking with the classic Trick or Treat fare then why not make it organic and free of artificial dyes.  Yum Earth has some great options.

In the comments below, tell me your ideas to avoid the sugar high Halloween usually brings.

Tips to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

Kerri Vilaverde

It feels like an hour ago we were enjoying the summer at the beach.  A half hour ago, school started. And now, present moment, I’m getting email reminders about flu shots.  In the blink of an eye, it's time to think about cold and flu season. According to the CDC, flu cases start to increase in October and peak between December and February.   

And if you thought I was going to remind you to take preventative measures…….well babe, you are spot on.  You may have a future as a psychic someday. Here we go...

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  1. Wash your hands with soap and water several times a day.  Especially before eating or picking up your cousin’s adorable newborn. If soap and water aren’t available, grab a squirt of hand sanitizer.  

  2. Break the bad habit of touching your face, especially, the eyes, nose, and mouth.  The average person touches their face several times per hour. We don’t even realize we are doing it!

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  1. Sneeze and cough into tissues, not your hands.  Remind those kiddos too.

  2. Avoid close contact with sick people.  

  3. If you are sick, please stay home from work and school etc. until your fever has been gone for at least 24 hrs.

  4. Consider something to boost your immunity.  I like elderberry syrup or gummies. Elderberry can reduce swelling of mucous membranes helping with congestion and has been found to reduce the duration of colds and flu by a couple of days. Click here for our elderberry syrup recipe.

  5. Continue your healthy habits of exercising, eating lots of delicious and nutritious foods, and getting your 8 hrs of rest.

  6. Try to get a handle on your stress.  De-stressing can strengthen your immunity. That’s the best reason ever to finally learn how to meditate or try that yoga exercise video.

  7. Get some fresh air. Germs are not stronger in the colder months.  We just catch them more often in the colder months because we hibernate indoors where it is dry from the heat and full of everyone else’s germs.  If you can manage it, consider walking the few extra blocks instead of jumping on the subway. The air and vitamin D will do you good.