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Game of Thrones Inspired Baby Names and Pet Names

Are you a fan of the massively popular HBO series Game of Thrones? Then why not name your baby or pet after one of it's uniquely named characters?

Names.org released a study showing a Sharp Increase in Babies Named After Game of Thrones Characters using the most recent data from the U.S. Social Security Administration. The study compares babies born in 2011, the year the show debuted, against babies born in 2017, the latest data available from the U.S. Social Security Administration. As you'll see, the popularity of the fictional names has increased.

13 Game of Thrones characters that have inspired babies named after them: 

Baby Names Inspired by Game of Thrones

Honorable Mentions for Game of Thrones Baby Names


  • Brienne
  • Catelyn 
  • Margaery 
  • Myrcella 
  • Lyanna
  • Bronn
  • Jaime
  • Ramsay
  • Petyr 
  • Eddard
  • Cersei



Game of Thrones Pet Names 


Let's not forget your fur babies too. These fierce and old-fashioned names from GOT would work well for a dog or cat.

  • Drogo
    Game of Thrones Inspired Pet Names
  • Hodor
  • Khal
  • The Hound
  • Rhaegal
  • Snow
  • Ghost
  • Lady
  • Reek
  • Greyjoy
  • Daenerys
  • Drogon


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7 Benefits of CBD Dog Treats



We all know that dogs love treats and usually hate all things related to wellness and the vet. But, what if you can combine the joy of a biscuit with health benefits for your dog? That’s where CBD dog biscuits come in.

What Is CBD for Pets?


CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis plants. Most people have heard of it for humans for conditions ranging from chronic pain, depression to helping with epilepsy. CBD comes in many forms including oil, creams, and treats.

If you are wondering if CBD is safe for dogs or any pet, the answer is yes. CBD is effective for all mammals because all of us have an endocannabinoid system. This system is responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body, helping to keep the balance in the cardiovascular system, nervous system, endocrine system and more.

Since your dog has the same system, CBD will work for them as well! Just like for humans, it comes in many forms for your canine, from oils to creams and, to best of all, CBD dog biscuits.

 How Are CBD Dog Treats Made?


CBD dog treats are created by taking CBD oil and infusing it into dog biscuits. CBD comes from hemp plants, but don’t worry about it having any other chemicals in it such as  THC which is a known hallucinogen found in cannabis plants. If you buy from a reputable seller, the dog biscuits you buy for your pet should have no THC.

Always check to make sure that the CBD in your dog’s treats has been tested by an independent lab to verify that they are safe for your dog.

What Are the 7 Benefits of CBD Dog Biscuits?

The great thing about CBD for dogs is that it can also be a healthy snack when bought as a treat. Here are just some of the benefits that can come from CBD treats:

1. Known Painkiller

Dogs, especially as they get older, often have chronic pain, usually associated with arthritis. They may also have had an injury that causes acute or chronic pain. CBD is known to block pain receptors, helping to put an end to chronic pain.

2. Helps with Epilepsy

According to the Kennel Club, epilepsy affects 1 in 130 dogs in the UK alone. It’s hard to watch your dog go through that, but just as CBD has been able to help humans with seizures, it can help your dog as well.

A recent study found that 89% of dogs who took CBD saw a decrease in the number of seizures they were having.

3. Tummy Problems

Sometimes your dog is just a picky eater, and sometimes they have a delicate stomach. Either way, this can sometimes lead to vomiting and problems digesting. CBD has been shown to help reduce the number of times someone vomits, as well as helping to increase their appetite,

4. Reducing Anxiety

When your dog has anxiety, whether it is from separation or loud noises, it’s hard to soothe them. As much as we love our pets, we can’t communicate to them that they will be okay and to reassure them. CBD has been shown to help work with the nervous system and has been shown to reduce anxiety and panic disorders in humans and can have a similar effect on your dog.

5. Anti-Inflammation

Inflammation doesn’t just come in the form of arthritis, but it can also affect the gastrointestinal tract, joints, skin and any part of the body. CBD is a known anti-inflammatory, working with the body to reduce the inflammation that is causing your dog pain.

6. Boosting the Immune System

The best way to treat any condition or sickness is to try and prevent it altogether. Because it is helping balance the body, CBD can work to suppress an overactive immune system while also supporting one that has gotten weaker.

7. Homeostasis

As you can see, CBD is the perfect way to help keep your pooch balanced and healthy. CBD for a dog can act as a supplement to help your dog remain happy and healthy, even if they are already in tip-top shape.

Where Can I Buy CBD Dog Treats?

Many online retailers specialize in selling CBD dog treats and CBD for dogs in general. Again, always make sure to check for that all-important certification that an independent lab has tested the CBD. A reliable seller should have test results on their site.

 Can I Give CBD Treats to Cats and Other Pets?


The endocannabinoid system is found in all mammals, so CBD can also be great for cats and other furry pets. Always make sure to let your vet know that you are incorporating CBD into your pet’s health plan and to introduce CBD into their diet gradually. 



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The Ultimate Spring Break Travel Checklist

Spring break season is finally here! Whether you are planning a road trip, hopping on a plane to fly across the country (or around the world), or just spending a weekend with your girlfriends in the next town over, it’s time to dust off your suitcase and start packing.

If you need some incentive...Southern Living has recently reported that taking a trip with your best gal pals can improve your overall mental and physical well-being. It can refresh you when you're burnt out on work, plus give you quality time with the people who you love most. Forbes reports that women who take advantage of vacation time are less tense, depressed or tired, and have even showed to be happier with their spouse.

If you are counting down the days until you can ditch the stresses of “real” life, the task of packing for a vacation can seem a bit daunting. Thanks to this ultimate spring break travel checklist, packing your bags doesn’t need to be so difficult. Keep reading to find out exactly what you need!




Beach Bag

Since most spring break vacations involve heading to the beach or, at the very least, spending some time hanging out around the hotel swimming pool, a nice beach bag is a must-have item. Set yourself apart from the crowd with an eye-catching monogrammed beach bag packed with all of the essentials.

A good sunscreen is a must for any vacation. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends going with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. It’s also smart to opt for a product that offers water resistance to ensure that your skin will be protected when you sweat or go for a swim. If you want to go home with a beachy glow, a high-quality self-tanner is great.

You’ll also want to load up your beach bag with your sunglasses, a reusable water bottle (make sure it’s empty when going through airport security!), antibacterial gel, headphones, and a book (Jesse's Girl) or e-reader. Don’t forget to throw in a pair of flip flops, too! While your hotel will have towels, you may also want to pack your own bigger beach towels, if you have the space.

Clothes


The exact clothing you need depends on where you are going and what you are planning on doing. For most spring break trips, though, swimwear is a must. Browse these affordable favorite swimsuits and cover-ups to ensure that you’re ready for long days spent by the ocean or pool.

You’ll also need outfits that are appropriate for your other daily activities. If you are going somewhere hot, shorts, skirts, and lightweight t-shirts are always good options. You may also want to bring a dressy outfit or dress in case you decide to check out a nice restaurant. You can't go wrong with these chic and affordable sundresses on Amazon. 

For cooler destinations, you can’t go wrong with layers - hoodies and jeans. If you are planning any specific activities like hiking, horseback riding, etc., make sure you have appropriate apparel and footwear. Don’t forget about things like socks, underwear, pajamas, and accessories.

When you’re traveling, it’s generally best to leave your expensive and sentimental jewelry and accessories at home. For example, I have a fake wedding ring that I travel with. So, stick with inexpensive costume jewelry and versatile pieces that work well with multiple outfits.

Toiletries 


Figuring out what toiletries to pack and what ones to leave home can be tricky. On one hand, you don’t want to arrive at your destination and not have a product that you need. On the other hand, though, you don’t want to weigh down your bags with your entire medicine cabinet and face problems with the TSA or have to pay overweight baggage fees at the airport.

If you are flying and plan on putting your toiletries in your carry-on bag, remember the TSA’s 3-1-1 rule. All liquids, creams, gels, pastes, and aerosols must be in 3.4-ounce bottles or tubes inside a one-quart-sized clear, zipper bag. You are only allowed one bag per person. If you have products in larger bottles or tubes or need to carry more than you can fit in a single quart-size bag, your toiletries will have to go in your checked luggage.

Your exact needs may vary, but when you are trying to keep it simple, we recommend packing travel-sized shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, moisturizer, deodorant, and face wash. Lip balm is a must-have, too. Stick to the basics for makeup, and bring things like dry shampoo, hairspray, and feminine hygiene products only if you use them regularly or will need them during your trip.

Bring your hairbrush, some hair ties, toothbrush, and toothpaste. Don’t forget to pack enough prescription medications for the duration of your stay. A basic first aid kit and medicines like Advil and Tylenol never hurt, either.

Miscellaneous 


If you’re spending time at the beach, a waterproof case or pouch for your cell phone is a must. Make sure you have chargers for all of your electronic devices, as well as a fully charged portable charger in case you need to fuel up your phone while you are on the go.

When you make reservations for special activities, look at the FAQ section to find out if there are any items that you need to bring with you or if there are any wardrobe requirements. Taking the time to do this could save you from needing to buy gear after you reach your destination. Bring a zip-lock bag for your wet swimwear and clothing. You may also want to pack a few extra plastic bags. You never know when one might come in handy!

Good luck


Few things are worse than arriving at your destination only to realize that you left something important at home. While many items can likely be purchased at your destination, they tend to cost a lot more in tourist areas. You may also have a hard time finding exactly what you need when traveling internationally. Avoid the hassle and expense by using the list above when packing your bags for spring break.

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5 Easy Ways to Introduce Peanut Foods to your Infant


Introducing peanuts to your infant early can help prevent peanut allergies


Pediatricians and allergists recommend feeding small amounts of peanut foods to infants at the right stage of their development can have life-changing effects.

New guidelines encourage parents to introduce baby-friendly peanut foods between 4 to 6 months. I started feeding my boys almond butter and peanuts early too and thankfully neither have a nut allergy. 
Early introduction of peanut-containing foods can reduce the risk of developing a peanut allergy by up to 86%.

5 Easy Ways to Introduce Peanut Foods to your Infant


Whole nuts should not be given to children under 5 years of age. Nor should peanut butter directly from a spoon or in lumps/dollops be given to children less than 4 years of age.

1. Mix with water, formula or breast milk 

Thin 2 tsp. of peanut butter with 2-3 tsp. hot water, formula or breast milk. Allow to cool before serving. You can also use organic Peanut Powder. Try his three times per week. 

2. Mix with food 

Blend 2 tsp. of peanut butter into 2-3 tbsp. of foods like infant cereal, applesauce, yogurt (if already tolerating dairy), pureed chicken or tofu. 

3. Mix with produce 

Stir in 2 tsp. of powdered peanut butter into 2 tbsp. of previously tolerated pureed fruits or vegetables.

You can also try MyPeanut apple and peanut butter pouches for babies 4 months +.



4. Peanut snacks 

Give your baby a peanut-containing teething food, such as peanut puffs.4. Peanut snacks Give your baby a peanut-containing teething food, such as peanut puffs.

5. Teething biscuits 

Teething infants who are older and self-feeding may enjoy homemade peanut butter teething biscuits.



4 to 6 Months National Peanut Board Baby Clothing Line


The National Peanut Board has launched a new adorable line, “Size 4 to 6 Months,” designed to encourage and remind parents to better their baby’s health by introducing them to peanuts early.

These cute shirts and bodysuits are super soft to the touch and all proceeds will go to American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

The collection includes 10 designs.


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I'm now an Independent Color Street Stylist


I'm excited to announce that I'm now a Color Street Independent Stylist!!👏

I swear I've always avoided affiliate sales, but I really am a fan of their nail strips that it only made sense. I've turned down so many other offers over the years because I just didn't feel passionate enough about the product.

After personally trying Color Street nail sets though, I quickly became obsessed!💅 I never would color my nails because of the expense and time of a manicure. Plus, I'd chip the paint within a day. Now, I apply these myself and they can last up to 14 days and I get sooo many compliments.



I tried gel, but that was also costly and left my real nails ruined and weak. Now, my nails have grown longer by wearing them. I even use the remaining strips in the set for my big toes as a statement color pedicure too. So fun!

I love that I can easily change out my look with the seasons and holidays too.


What are nail polish strips? And why do they rock?


  • 100% real nail polish, not stickers. 
  • Nail polish formula, with a base coat, color, and top coat all in one. 
  • Easy, one-step application for a brilliant, salon quality manicure in minutes. 
  • No heat or tools required to apply.
  • No dry time, smudges, or streaks. 
  • Chip-resistant, long-lasting color – up to 14 days! 
  • Less money than a manicure and faster too. 
  • Take off easily with nail polish remover. 
  • Doesn’t leave your nails weak once removed like other products. 
  • Comes with extra strips in case you need to re-do a finger. 
  • Big selection of solids, patterns, glitter (my fave) and French manicure strips. 
  • Made in the U.S.A.


Color Street Nail Strips after 11 days and still going strong - Tokyo Lights


Have you tried them? Here's how easy it is to apply:




My Favorite Styles:


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What to do in Cozumel Without a Shore Excursion



This was my second time cruising to Cozumel. The first time was with Princess Cruises and most recently with Royal Caribbean. The first time I booked an excursion through the ship and went to the ruins, but this time my friend and I decided to explore on our own.

About Cozumel, Mexico


Cozumel is Mexico's largest island, nestled just 12 miles off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in the Caribbean sea. It's mostly undeveloped, but popular cruise ship port of call famed for its scuba diving and beaches.

It's pretty safe! The drug-related crime in Mexico that makes the headlines is concentrated near the borders. Violent crime on Cozumel is rare. It also helps that it's not attached to the actual continent.


TIP: There isn't any need to exchange USD for Pesos as merchants will take cash or card. So, we only used credit cards and USD dollars, which they would convert for us with a calculator for us to see. This way we didn't get stuck with foreign money or coins when we went home. 


Things to do in Cozumel, Mexico Without a Cruise Shore Excursion Booked:


Exit the Port Gates 


Once you walk down the large pier, you'll see Bubba Gumps, Senor Frogs, Duty-Free shopping, jewelry stores and a large marketplace of wares. This is definitely fun to explore, but if you want better deals you need to leave this area. Even Hard Rock Cafe is outside the exit gates, past the taxi lines.

Note:  We are two young-ish women and we felt perfectly safe leaving the port area in the afternoon just the two of us. Neither of us speaks Spanish either.


Walk to Mayan Plaza 


Once you exit the gates turn right two blocks, cross the street on your left and you'll see an outdoor restaurant serving $1 cerveza (beer) and lots of fruity drinks. On the other side of this restaurant is the start of the colorful plaza filled with souvenir shops selling blankets, ceramics, silver, replica bags and much more. There is also another tequila store at the end.



Pose in front of the other Rainbow Cozumel Sign


Besides the brightly colored walls in the Mayan Plaza, which had me in Instagram heaven, the best part is seeing actual Mayan ruins in the back and posing in front of the rainbow COZUMEL sign in front of the building. There is a similar sign by the port as you can see in my top post image, but this one is less visited and offers the additional historic significance.

Dive into a Fish Spa Pedicure


Also in the same plaza, you will see what looks like a bunch of aquarium tanks with chairs above them. This is a fish spa. It's popular in Europe, but not allowed in the States. Basically, you sit in the chair, the staff cleans your feet and then you plunge your bare feet into the tank full of little small fish called Garra rufa or "doctor fish" because they eat away dead skin found on people's feet, leaving newer skin exposed.


Sounds weird? It is, but it's also fun and better than any scrub I have ever used. I tried the experience in Barcelona and in Prague before and I know some have argued the cleanliness of this practice since it's not regulated, but whatever. Each time my feet have never felt so baby smooth after and the only side effects suffered was being tickled by the fish as they feasted on my calluses and dead skin. It doesn't hurt, it just feels like the fish are swimming and rubbing up against your feet. 15 minutes for $30 USD.

Tequila Tastings


Within walking distance of the pier, you will see several shops offering free tastings. Our favorite with over sixty different flavors is Chile Tequila. The storefront is inside the covered bazaar area. Coco and Peanut Butter Tequila were surprisingly delicious. The staff was very friendly and they took credit card too.


I've been told no matter where you buy tequila though to watch them wrap your purchase so they don't do a bait and switch with the cheaper stuff. We didn't have this problem, but we heard other locations doing this scam.

If you can still stand ... you could go to several of these spots, but for all the samples you drink you are expected to at least buy a bottle or travel size portion to take back home. Once you board the ship they will confiscate any liquor purchased, but it will be returned to you on your last day.


Chocolate Factory Tour 


Follow the signs to the taxi terminal and hail a ten-minute ride to Kaokao Factory from the pier. Make your own Mayan Chocolate from scratch! Discover the bean to bar chocolate making process inside this little great chocolate factory in Cozumel. All along the tour you will try the different flavors of the Cacao during its process (Rosted cacao beans, cacao paste and our product line) and the Mayan drink made with the original ingredients.

Each intimate 90-minute tour starts on the hour (09:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.) and costs $25 US dollars per person. Since they are a small factory, space is limited, which is why they request online reservations with pre-payment. Regardless if you have a tour booked, you can still visit their Factory Store for chocolate souvenirs.

Get a Baloon Hat at Senior Frogs


Cheesy, a tourist trap, whatever you want to call it, it's fun. We sat at the bar and drank a very large daiquiri in a souvenir cup, and enjoyed watching the different ways the staff entertained everyone like by balancing beer on their heads. They also played a name that theme song game and I answered the very first song, which was Sex and the City lol. I thought I was just going to get bragging rights, but instead, they had me come up on the stage and take a free shot too.

We requested one of the balloon hats for each of us and we weren't the only ones walking back on board with these silly hats. It's free, just tip the balloon maker.


It's not cheap, but groups of all ages seem to congregate here and it's a fun time.


Find Your Own Last Minute Tour


The minute you get off the pier you will be bombarded by "Free Information" booths and people with flyers offering tours to beaches, snorkeling and to different hotels on the island. These are typically cheaper than the cruise offerings, but of course not protected by or affiliated with the cruise. This can be a risk, but in Panama and Cancun, we did one of these without incident.

In the Dominican Republic, we simply went up to one of the taxi drivers and asked how much for 5 five hours exclusively and he then took us to different Rum, Chocolate, Cigar and beach spots privately for only $100 and with four of us in the van.

Ride Over to San Francisco Beach


Playa San Francisco is known for its clear, calm waters featuring boat & jet ski rentals and seaside cafes & pubs.

Beaches on the eastern side of the island are rocky, and the water is often rough, but they’re beautiful and feel much more undiscovered than others on the island. Northern coast beaches, north of San Miguel, tend to be popular with families with kids, since the water is calm and shallow. Limestone “iron shore” beaches are top spots to go snorkeling -- just make sure to wear water shoes.

All of the beaches on Cozumel are public, but that doesn’t mean they’re free. Technically, the use of the actual beach is free, but many impose cover charges that apply toward your bar or beach club food tab.

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