XLear Nasal Spray with Xylitol Product Review

Allergies run through my family it seems. Hayfever and animal allergies seem to be the most  popular. I keep an air purifier running in my living room and my bedroom.  Having 2 cats, it’s a must.

Another must is making sure I clean out my nasal passages regularly. That’s why I was thrilled to receive Xlear’s Nasal Spray with Xylitol. Now, here’s the funny part.

This nasal spray was formulated for kids but anyone can benefit from using it.  As blessings would have it, CJ is the only one in the house without allergies.  So, he really didn’t need the Xlear Nasal Spray for allergies.  So, I used it for mine!

I still use the nasal spray on CJ every now and again though because the air is dry in my bedroom and the spray helps him to sleep more comfortably.  As for me, the Xlear nasal spray helps to clear out whatever causes my nose to itch so it’s a good thing I have 2 bottles.

What I really like about this nasal spray is the fact that it has Xylitol in it. Xylitol is beneficial for so many things including:

  • Being a safe substitute for sugar. Inhaling the nasal spray was much more pleasant than inhaling the average saline nasal spray. You could sort of taste the sweetness.
  • Prohibits the growth of bacteria. Can you imagine how much bacteria is in your nasal passage? Xylitol helps prevent the over-growth of bacteria that leads to nose, ear and throat infections.
  • Helps reduce the instances of sinus infections. When used in a nasal spray, Xylitol is greatly beneficial in cutting down the amount of bacteria in the nasal passage that causes sinus infections.
  • Support the immune system. Studies suggest that when taken in small amounts Xylitol can support the immune system by encouraging the growth of your white bloods cells which fight infection.

Xlear’s Nasal Spray is now a household staple of mine. Even when CJ doesn’t need it, I’m happy to use it for relief of allergy symptoms :-)

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Stress Freedom Friday: Cool Light Therapy

Happy Friday!  It’s that time again. Time to provide a tip to help you keep stress at bay in your life.

Sounds so simple right?  After all, stress comes with the territory. Or does it?

Some stress is avoidable.  Let’s focus on a cool way to lighten up your stress load  in a way that’s preventable.

If your stress is a result of a Vitamin D deficiency, light therapy is an effective way to remedy that.  Of course, your doctor will have to confirm if a deficiency is the true culprit.

Vitamin D can be absorbed from simply being outdoors in the sunlight. How cool is that? No fancy gadgets or costly products to buy.  Nature can take care of it.

But what about if the sun is not shining? Then, a SunLight Therapy Lamp can really help.

It’s smart to have a means of light therapy available if you find yourself feeling down in the dumps regularly.

This sunlight desktop lamp simulates sun light. It also triples as a reading lamp and task lamp. It makes a great gift too!

This sunlight therapy lamp increase a release of seratonin (the feel good hormone) so that you can experience an improved feeling of well being.

This post is a part of the Balancing Life series of posts

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Stress Freedom Friday: BINGO

Today’s Stress Freedom Friday (what a great day….end of the work week, start of the weekend) and today’s stress relief tip just requires you to free up a little time to sit and relax with……………….a board game!

Board games can be great stress relievers. They are fun and relaxing. If you’re playing with 2 or more people, it can be even more fun.  You’ll laugh and you may even fuss a bit but all in all it’s a relaxing way to unwind.

Two of my favorite board games include BINGO, Solitaire and Scrabble.

The next time you feel a little stressed, grab a friend or family member and whip out the board game of your liking. Nobody available?  Solitaire’s a good stress relief game too.

PEACE and Happy Friday!

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Stress Freedom Friday: Smell the Flowers

flowers-It’s officially summer and there are so many things to do. Fun things for sure but sometimes all the planning and doing of the season can cause you to become just a little overwhelmed. Think about it.

Where do we go on vacation?

Whose going to watch the dog? Or can we bring him with us?

Need to make sure our mode of travel is wheelchair friendly.

Have to remember to make a checklist so we don’t forget anything.

Oh and let’s not forget to renew the prescriptions for all medications. (I’m sooo familiar with this one)

Yes, you should enjoy summer. Have fun with your family. I plan to. But if you start to feel a little stressed how about you take a little time to smell flowers? No really. Do it.

Studies show that smelling the fragrance from flowers causes a reduction in stress levels. Somethings goes on in the brain when the sense of smell is activated with the sooth scents of certain fragrances.

This is really the basis of aromatherapy. For years people have been using “smell therapy” to reduce stress. Before there were aroma diffusers, people would just smell the fragrances directly from nature. If it was good enough for them…

Here are some recommended calming scents (some flowers, some fruit):

  • Lavender
  • Mango
  • Lemon
  • Rose
  • Vanilla

Sometimes it’s not possible to grab your aromatherapy diffuser and essential oils. If you’re outdoors you can walk by a park or stop at a flower shop and just take time to smell the calming scents from the flowers.

Take it a step further and buy/pick yourself a bunch. Nothing tackles stress like a little self indulgence :-)

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Stress Freedom Friday: Minimalism

minimalism to prevent stressYou’ve heard the statement, “Less is more.” Usually it refers to doing less with your physical appearance. You know. Like, less makeup. Less bling.

You can also do less with your time. Committing to do so much can make you feel stress that’s unimaginable. It’s easy to put yourself in a position where you are feeling pulled in more than one direction. That’s why it’s important to get a handle on how much you are doing. At least, if you want some freedom from stress.


Some people view a minimalist as someone who has very little personal possessions. You know. 10 outfits in total. 3 sets of dishes. 2 pots and a coffee table. OK maybe that’s “over-minimalizing” the definition of being a minimalist but I think you can see where I’m going with this.

While becoming a minimalist in the traditional sense of the word is about owning less, it can also refer to being a person who just does less. People who do less have less to complain about and more importantly, less to stress about.

Some things just have to be done though. Right? Things like feeding your family, going to work, taking your child to the doctor. But, then there are things like attending every function you are invited to and signing your child up to every free event in town.

While it’s true that you want your child to have every opportunity available (especially if they can’t do things that children without special needs can do), it can cause more stress than it’s worth. So be selective with the things you become a part of.

Just do less.

This post is a part of the Balancing Life series of posts

Less doing = Less stress.

Anything that helps promote stress freedom I’m game for. How about you?

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Stress Freedom Friday: Let It Go

letting go

Many times our stress is caused by our inability to let go of the things in our lives that are not benefiting us.

We hold on to things and even toxic people who do little more than steal energy from us. Why do you suppose this is? I think it’s in part to our inherent nature as moms to always try to keep hope alive.

Having the ability to hang on to hope is blessing but can be a curse. Hoping when hope is unrealistic (ex: holding on to relationships with people who are no good for us) causes stress.

So, today examine your life. Who and/or what in your life is causing you undue stress? Maybe you need to let go of a relationship. Sometimes you have to let go of something not human. Whatever it is, be courageous enough to let it go – for your good and the good of your family.

Letting go of toxic people and negative things in your life will relieve a lot of your stress. I don’t know about you but I’m willing and always ready. How about you?

This post is a part of the Balancing Life series of posts.

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Stress Freedom Friday: How Complaining Causes Stress

Stress is a part of life. It hits you before you know it. Sometimes you don’t even realize you are stressed until you start experiencing some physical signs of stress like headaches or neck aches.

Many people also complain without realizing it. How many times have you been stuck in traffic or on a long line at the grocery store and find yourself mumbling and grumbling under your breathe? Guilty here.

The problem with complaining is, it’s not helpful. It does nothing to improve the situation or state you find yourself in.

Stop complaining. Of course, it’s easier said than done. Complaining is like breathing to most people. Uncomfortable circumstances will automatically trigger one to start speaking right in line with what’s going on.

Here’s a startling fact…….

Giving negative voice (complaining) to your negative circumstances causes you to feel more stress. Your words are therefore agreeing with what you are experiencing.

The Bible says life and death are in the power of the tongue. Basically, you can have what you say. So, the next time you catch yourself complaining, think about the fact that you are making matters worst.

Again, easier said than done but with practice it can be done. Besides, life is a journey – not a sprint. You may as well work on the things that need improving while you can right?

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A Delicious and Fattening Food for Stress Reduction

I was reading a magazine the other day and boy did my eyes light up when I read about some foods to eat to reduce stress.

Normally when you read about foods that relieve stress, you expect all the healthy foods to be listed. Fruits, veggies and such. You know.

Imagine my surprise and delight to see that garlic bread helps to relive stress too! Heavy carbs? Really? “Thank God” is all I could think.

Now before you get on me about over indulging in some delicious buttery garlic bread, check out the reasons why garlic bread is good for you:

* It’s been shown to slash stress levels by 39%

* Scientists discovered that the smell and taste of the garlic butter worked together to calm the area of the brain that is responsible
for fear and nervousness.

* Signals are sent to the body to slow down the heart’s rate and also to lower the blood pressure.

The result is a calmer mind and body. I’m game for that. :-)

I’ll share some of the other foods that help relieve stress in future posts. I want to take my time with them because each has a very specific effect on your body that lead to a less stressful life. I’d say that’s worth explaining in a bit of detail.

In the meantime, are there any foods that you find help you feel less stressed when consumed?

You’ve Got To Get a Butt Bench!

A butt what? You heard me. A butt bench!

When I was first contacted by the owners of the Butt Bench, I thought, “What a funny name!”

Little did i know what a handy item I’d be receiving.

What Is The Butt Bench?

Simply, it’s bench for your butt! You use it in your bathroom.


It’s a high quality wooden bench that’s sturdy enough to support your weight so that you can sit down and relax while you are showering.

You can even use the Butt Bench to store your bathroom beauty products on it.

How I Use The Butt Bench

While I love being able to sit down to complete my shower rituals, I find the Butt Bench to be even more helpful for me to bathe CJ.

CJ has a Rifton Bath Chair which is great but the heavier he gets, it’s a little more difficult to bend over to put him in and out of the tub.

The Butt Bench makes it all easier as it’s much higher up and I can shower CJ with ease. He likes it too since he can sit up like a big boy!

The Butt Bench is very easy to set up and requires no assembly. To find out more and to get your own Butt Bench (available in natural cedar or pine and the colors white and pink), visit http://buttbench.com

Note: I was not compensated for my review of this product. I received the Butt Bench completely free of charge but am providing my true experience with it.

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Laundry Secrets and How to Sort Your Laundry in 5 Minutes

I found the most wonderful invention and had to share it with you. It allows you to sort your laundry in just 5 minutes! In addition to this laundry sorting giant, I share with you my recommended stain remover.

In order to sort your laundry in 5 minutes (greatly relieving stress), you’re not actually sorting your laundry on wash day. You’re doing it as you take off your clothes. This way you don’t have to worry about being inundated with sorting or weeding through clothes that need to have a stain remover applied to them.

Neatfreak EverFresh Laundry Triple Sorter with Ironing Board

I bought this laundry sorting system about 6 months ago – one of the best household buys ever. As you can see, this laundry sorter has 3 buckets. As you take off your clothes each day, you’ll put them in the baskets as follows:

  1. Hamper Basket 1 – Whites
  2. Hamper Basket 2 – Blacks/Dark Blues/Deep Colors
  3. Hamper Basket 3 – Light Colors (Beige, Pastel, Grey, etc.)

The beauty of this sorting system is each laundry basket is one full sized load of laundry when filled to the top. No more worrying about how much to put in the machine. This is a perfect load of laundry for a medium sized washing machine.

On top of that, you have the ironing board on the top which you can use when returning from the laundry room. When you remove your clean clothes from the dryer, just put them right back in the sorter (which you can Febreeze after taking out the dirty clothes) and carry them back up to the base. Then you can iron them piece by piece out of the bags.

Bonus Tip

Keep your stain fighters right underneath and you can apply them as soon as you take off your clothes. The solution will stay on the clothes for up to a week, effectively removing the stain when it’s time to wash them.

How Did I Get Five Minutes?

If you follow this system of sorting laundry, it should take you no longer than a minute each day to put your clothes in the baskets. That includes if you need to add a stain remover. That’s 5 days of work clothes for you and your child or spouse. Then on Saturday, you wash.

Recommended Stain Remover


My kid always has large stains from PediaSure on his clothes. I’ve tried Shout Ultra Gel. I’ve tried Spray and Wash. I’ve tried OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover Powder.

Nothing has worked at completely removing the stain until I found OxiClean Max Force Gel Stick. This stain remover does exactly what it says:

  • Lifts food stains
  • Targets protein stains like grass and blood
  • Binds to dirt and soils to suspend and rinse them away

For more information on OxiClean Max Force Gel Stick, visit: http://www.oxiclean.com/pre-treatment/Products/oxiclean-max-force-gel-stick.aspx

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