Wellness Wednesday: Damn, Allergies by Alexandra Palacios

As someone whose lived in Florida their whole lives, if there’s one thing I can’t stand more than slow drivers and people who chomp straight into ice creams like some barbarian, it’s allergies. And if you’ve been here even a couple weeks or months, then you’ve had to face the bipolar weather, the extreme shifts in temperature and all the “fun” that comes along with it. 

 I can’t tell you how many patients come in everyday suffering from allergies, mistaking it for a cold many times or even the flu and usually in most cases, spending their entire mornings –if they’re lucky; to over pay for some antibiotics that probably won’t help you and come to find out that most of your prescriptions are over the counter. And yes, that means 99% of the time, unless you have a Medicaid plan, they don’t cover it. So before you go and spend all that time, effort, and tears, let’s go over a few things.

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Improving Your Smile Just in Time for Summer

It is never too late to be able to improve your smile just in time to enjoy the warm summer months. The good news is that you don’t often have to spend that much money to make a considerable difference to your smile, unless you want to, of course. There are treatments that can help that will include teeth whitening, dental bonding and even freshening up old and stained fillings. Even just visiting a hygienist will help make your smile a bit whiter. So where should you start? Here are a few things to be thinking about.

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Wellness Wednesday: What Mother’s Really Want for Mother’s Day by Cendu Param

What Mother’s Really Want For Mother’s Day?

It’s almost that time again. Yes, Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and you might be wondering what the perfect way to celebrate the woman in your life would be. We should be appreciating our moms every day of the year but we just get used to everything our moms do for us that we forget to appreciate and thank them for all their efforts day in and day out. That’s why it’s nice that there’s a day dedicated to our super women.

You might be thinking about splurging on all kinds of awesome stuff (and go ahead and do that too because why not) but I’m here to spill the tea. Here’s my confessions of life as a new mom and what I really want this Mother’s Day. I’m sure all or most over-worked and over-tired mums everywhere can relate.  Here’s my list of 10 things to make this Mother’s Day perfect.

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Ensure You Have Kissable Lips This Summer

Ensure You Have Kissable Lips This Summer

Regardless of whether it is a romantic kiss or one of greeting when you meet up with a good friend, no one wants to kiss lips that look chapped and sore. In fact, some people will shy away from your face in case there is some infection they do not want to catch.

Kissing can be fun, it can be sexy and for some people it is essential. You need to ensure that your lips are kissable this summer if you do not want people to pull away instead of giving you a smacker. Taking care of your lips will also make them more comfortable for you, as sore lips can be something you do not need to suffer.

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6 Environmentally-Friendly Tips and Products To Be More Green: Earth Day 2019

Earlier this week was Earth Day 2019! Who says saving the planet can’t be stylish?💕 Here are 6 environmentally-friendly tips and sustainable products I actually use! Please note: I’m not perfect and I’m not 100% as green as I could be, but I always make an effort to conserve and be as conscientious as possible #ThereIsNoPlanetB

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Guest Blogger Spotlight #WellnessWednesday “Alone Time is a Wonderful Thing” by Wrae Sanders

Everyone needs “alone time”. This is time to recharge your batteries, appreciate the quiet and not have people in your face asking for things. I like this time. Honestly, I used to absolutely hate quiet time because I didn’t like to be alone with my thoughts. These days, I appreciate it a lot more. I can relax, color and read in peace, among other things.

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Wellness Wednesday Guest Bloggers Archive

This is a complete list of the Honeybunnytwee blog’s Wellness Wednesday guest bloggers. This article will be updated with future guest posts. Also, I’m always looking for more #WellnessWednesday submissions.

If you have an article, link, or post about health and wellness, self-care, fitness, or mental health send them to me at honeybunnytwee@gmail.com for a chance to be featured if you’re a good fit! See the requirements below.

Previous Wellness Wednesday Guest Bloggers’ Topics

Here are past topics. However, I’m willing to do topics again if you can offer a new or unique perspective on it.

  1. Self-Care: Brad Krause of selfcaring.info
  2. Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder: Sophia Garner of cuppateawithsoph
  3. Coping with a Loved One’s Suicide: Jasmine Wyrick of thepostitnote
  4. Anxiety/Depression as an Entrepreneur : Nicole Starbuck of jumpstartpositivity
  5. Daily Habits to Achieve Happiness: Tammi Solis of girlunfinished
  6. Emotions with Fibromyalgia: Pamela Jessen of pamelajessen
  7. Breaking Bad Habits Under Stress: Wasifa Ahmad Hasan of sifascorner
  8. Alone Time: Wrae Sanders of wraemeredith
  9. What Mother’s Really Want for Mother’s Day: Cendu Param of cenduparam
  10. Allergies: Alex Palacios of careisintheair
  11. Antepartum Depression: Tiffany Thomas of savingtalents
  12. Managing Busy Mom Life: Mallory Richardson of momofwarhearmyroar
  13. Meal Prepping : Carolina Edson of thisathleisurelife
  14. Yoga:  Niomi Lindfors of stellarwellness
  15. Anxiety for Christian Moms: Leah Veinbergs of two-little-time
  16. How to start a plant-based lifestyle
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Guest Blogger Spotlight #WellnessWednesday “My Seasonal Affective Disorder” by Sophia Garner

I’ve always dreaded the winter months, literally since I can remember. The thought of it getting colder, wetter and darker just makes me want to hibernate.

I first remember feeling the dread of winter back at high school, when you’d look outside the classroom window and it was already getting dark before the final bell. The thought of walking home in the dark would make me want to stay at school! Even worse than the dark evenings, was the terribly cold and miserable mornings. I would find it almost unbearable to drag myself out of bed, which I and other people around me usually put down to me just being lazy!

However, I barely slept under normal circumstances. So being able to sleep for hours and hours, especially during the day was a little unusual. I would tend to feel very down, grumpy and irritable throughout the colder months. I also started to notice I had very little to no energy, which again felt unusual as I was sleeping a lot more than I ever normally would.

It took a really difficult winter, during my first year of university, for me to think about seeing a doctor. In all honesty I thought they were going to send me away and say I was just being a moody teenager, who likes her sleep when it’s cold outside. However, how wrong I was, surprisingly! The doctor asked me a variety of questions, ranging from my general eating pattern, my exercise routine, to my feelings during seasonal shifts. In the end, I was diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD for short, ironic huh!?

Seasonal Affective Disorder

When I told my friends and family, they all seemed to suspect something similar, little did I realise how much my behaviour and mood was apparent to those around me. I started to change my habits during winter. I would try and go to sleep at a reasonable time to make sure I knew I was getting a good amount of sleep. I’d also make sure to wake up at the same time each morning, trying to get myself into a pattern, which started to become a habit and helped my body get used to waking up at a certain time. My doctor told me how important it was to be outside during times when it was daylight. So during university I used to try and study or read outside when the weather permitted.

Another SAD treatment, which has been hugely important for me, was light therapy. I was given an amazing present, a Lumie Bodyclock Starter which helps wake you up with a natural, gradually brightening light. It also does this in reverse with a sunset option, when the light slowly dims from your chosen time.

It’s still not fully understood what causes SAD or why some people experience it and others don’t. Although, it has been suggested that certain people are more vulnerable to SAD than others, due to their genes, as it has appeared to run in families. Like any diagnoses it can be a little scary to think you’re labelled with a disorder. I was definitely taken aback when my doctor told me. However, I’ve learnt it’s all about knowledge and management.

#SAD #Winter #SeasonalDisorders #MentalHealth #Health #WinterBlues

The reassuring thing is that there has now been lots of research done into trying to find ways of helping. That’s why I cannot stress enough how important it is to go and speak to a doctor if you think this may be something that is affecting you. Without speaking about things, you may never know any different and could be missing out on being able to feel so much better than you do now.

I spent my Sunday evening dreading the week ahead and I woke up this morning dreading getting out of bed. However, I eased myself into the very dark morning with my Lumie light and made myself a comforting cuppa tea. I’ll be making sure to eat healthy today and do some exercise before getting an early night. It’s time to start learning what works for you, and doing it, to start to feel more like you!

If you’re concerned or even just curious to find out a little more about SAD, please take a look at the NHS website and Click Here.

This is part two of the #WellnessWednesday Blogger series. This week’s topic is Seasonal Affective Disorder from the perspective of Sophia Garner.

About the Author:

Cuppa tea with Soph is written by Sophia; a twenty-something, animal loving, pasta eating, ale drinking, petite Northern girl.

She is obsessed with animals; fluffy, prickly, scaley and anything in between. She’s determined to have a farm by the time she retires, whether the Hubby is in agreeance or not. She currently has two pooches: Vixie and Akira. Also, she has a guinea pig: Cashew, two twin kitty-kats: Nala and Simba, AND 10 fishies. (I won’t list all their names, don’t worry)!

She loves writing about:

  • Her many travel adventures.
  • Posting photos of her everyday life.
  • Creating positive content surrounding mental health.

Cuppa tea with Soph was born through her love of writing, her concern for mental health, her inability to put down a camera, and her constant urge to travel.

Check out her blog at https://www.cuppateawithsoph.com/ and
Instagram: @ohsoph_

If you have any #wellnesswednesday articles you’d like me to feature contact me at honeybunnytwee@gmail.com 

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Desk Accessories for Boss Babes

desk accessories for boss babes

15 Must-Have Desk Accessories

Are you a boss babe blogger, work-at-home mom, passionista, or entrepreneur? If so, these are the stylish, fierce, and fun desk accessories for you!

*Disclosure* I own/use all products listed. All opinions on these products are based solely on my own experience. Items listed from Amazon have my Amazon affiliate links so if you click on the links or images you can support me at no additional cost to you. Thank you!

Wireless Keyboard

You’re just my TYPE! Believe me, this Blogger is always WRITE[ing] ✏️⌨️Thanks @Aluratek for my complimentary foldable Bluetooth connected keyboard! As an aspiring blogger, this is a must-have tech essential! This keyboard helps me keep my “office” on-the-go and makes typing comments and blog posts a breeze. Compatible with Apple, Windows, and iOS devices. 💻🖥📱⌨️

Wireless Mouse

rose gold wireless mouse
(Amazon, $10.99)

Sticking to the wireless theme, this rose gold wireless mouse is both fashion-forward and functional. It is rechargeable, slim, silent, portable, and USB-enabled.

Mouse Pad

(Amazon, $5.99)

You’re going to need a mouse pad for that wireless mouse. I know, we’re slowly going down a cute product, rabbit hole. I love this full moon mouse pad to the moon and back!

External Hard Drive

(Amazon, $38.59)

So you got a lot of data? Back that thang up! HAHA in all seriousness, having an external hard drive gives you:

  • Extra storage
    • keep space free on your PC or Mac.
    • backup your computer to protect your data in the event of a hard drive crash.
  • Accessibility
    • access data, no internet connection required.
  • Improved performance
    • run an external drive as a boot drive to increase speed and performance.

Planner

What’s a goal-getter without her planner or agenda? I got my 2019 planner at TJ Maxx. Find a planner that matches your own unique style to turn your can’ts into cans and your dreams into plans.

Agenda Starter Pack

Bando Agenda Starter Pack
(Amazon, $14.95)

The Ban.do Agenda Starter Pack comes in a translucent blush pouch and includes a snap-in to do list, sticker sheet, neon pink gel pen, mini wet-erase marker, spiral tab clips, disco foil tape and pink paper clips.

Carousel Desktop Organizer

Carousel Organizer desk

(Micheals, $30)

This carousel desk organizer spins around lazy Susan style, for all you non-lazy Susan’s out there. No offense, Susan.

Stapler

bunny staplers
SmokoNow, OUT OF STOCK

I’m “honeybunnytwee” so of course my stapler is bunny-shaped.

Pen Stand

pen stand grass

(Barnes&Noble, $12.95)

My bunny stapler needs some grass to munch on. This grassy pen stand will do.

Signature Pen

Swarovski blue pen crystal
(Swarovski, $35)

You’re going to be signing some pretty important paperwork, aren’t you? Have a special and unique signature pen ready, I love my Swarovski Crystalline Ballpoint Pen I received as a gift.

Flash Drive / Thumb-Drive

blue crystal thumbdrive usb flash drive
(Amazon, $18.99)

What came first the blue crystal pen or the blue crystal flash drive, the world may never know ;).

Push Pins / Thumbtacks

rose gold thumbtacks pins
(Amazon, $9.98)

Thanks for the MEMOries even thought they weren’t so great. These are pins for you only, sweeter!

Paper Clips

pineapple paperclips

(Forever 21, $2.73)

“Be a pineapple. Stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside.” 🍍💕🍍 with this Pineapple Paper Clip Set from Forever 21.

Paper Clip Holder

paper clip holder rose gold
(Amazon, $10.89)

You obviously need a place to store your cute paper clips, why not use this rose gold paper clip holder with a magnetic lid? Super functional and super chic.

Tape Dispenser

cocktail tape dispenser
(Amazon, $24.93)

It’s 5 O’Clock somewhere! Cheers to this cocktail glass tape dispenser!

desk accessories for boss babes

What are your Favorite Desk Accessories?

Let me know about your fabulous finds at honeybunnytwee@gmail.com.

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Ivory Ella 15% off Discount: IVEHBTBLOG (expires 5/8/19)

Ivory Ella Discount

Use IVEHBTBLOG to get 15% off on ivoryella.com (exp 5/8/19)

If you use my Ivory Ella discount link (ivoryella.com/?ref=bb-vk43g6) or discount code you get 15% off and I will receive a small commission at no additional cost you you.

I’ve gotten so many compliments on this black Sherpa fleece. It’s so fluffy and soft, like wearing a big hug!🖤 Help join the cause and #savetheelephants every purchase goes towards saving the beautiful creatures! Ivory Ella has donated over 1.6 million towards Save the Elephants and other charities since 2015 so by purchasing from them you can look cute AND do good❣️ Live life with the ideals of an elephant: Empathy, Creativity, Strength, and Loyalty🐘

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*Disclosure* I will receive a small reward for everyone who uses my code. However, I only promote products that I enjoy and actually use. Also, all opinions are my own. I am not directly employed or affiliated with Ivory Ella.

Please keep in mind that blogging and social media are my side hustle aside from other jobs. Therefore, whenever you use an affiliate linkpromo code, or sign up you support me directly at no additional cost to you.

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