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Back & Neck Pain Relief with CBDMEDIC

Per my Moms Guide to CBD post, you might have gathered that I am a CBD enthusiast :) You're right. I am!

CBD is a natural plant alternative to deal with stress, anxiety, and many other ailments without the unpleasant or dangerous side effects of pharmaceutical drugs or opioids. CBD has natural anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, and anticonvulsant properties that down-regulate stress signals in your body. This includes anxiety, inflammation, and of course, pain.

I've always had backaches and have been told I hold my stress in my shoulders. Typing on my computer for hours doesn't help, nor does keeping up with my active twin boys. Recently, I started using CBDMEDIC™ BACK & NECK Pain Relief Ointment, applying it on my shoulders and lower back. This ointment uses menthol and camphor in a proprietary formulation designed to provide safe, fast, and powerful relief from back, neck, and shoulder pain.

Made with natural ingredients, CBDMEDIC products are the first family of topical medications that combine highly effective analgesic properties with hemp oil and other natural emollients to provide safe, powerful, and effective pain relief.

Developed and manufactured with 15 years of pharmaceutical experience, its groundbreaking formula delivers relief for people who suffer from acute pain. The main active ingredient includes “CBD” - a THC-free cannabinoid-rich hemp extract oil from the Cannabis sativa L. plant that’s a natural alternative for pain relief.

Powerful and effective, the scent is minty strong, similar to most topical pain relievers, but it's not greasy. I also like that it's clear and spread easily.

Best of all, you do not have to go to a specialty store or dispensary for CBDMEDIC as it's available at select CVS Pharmacy locations and Online.

Besides the Back/Neck Pain Relief ointment, CBDMEDIC has the following product offerings too: Active Sport™ Pain Relief and Arthritis Pain Relief ($30.00 - $49.00).

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by CBDMEDIC but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
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Why Giving Gifts is Sometimes Important in a Relationship

There are all different ways that couples express their love for each other, and to some, spending money or giving gifts may seem like it should be a lower priority than things like communication and physical intimacy. However, there are some reasons why it can be worth thinking a little more about what gifts can mean between couples, and why it can be important to pay some attention to this aspect of married life.

Love Language 

You may have heard of the concept of 'love languages' before. If not, do read the book or take their online quiz to see what actions are important to you and your partner. The essential idea is that different people express their love in different ways. Some people are very physically affectionate, whereas others are more reserved in that respect but express their love by doing things for the people they care about. One form of love language is certainly gift-giving, and it is good to know if this is a preferred form of expression for either yourself or your partner. If you or your partner likes to show how much people mean to them with very thoughtful gifts, then it is key to recognize this. So, what may seem like a random or an unimportant gesture, or an overly lavish gift for a special occasion, it may be their way of communicating their feelings.

Physical Reminders

Another reason why gifts can be important is that some people are sentimental about items that remind them of those they love or of special moments in their lives. Your partner may enjoy having a token of some kind like an item of jewelry that they can keep with them when you can't be together. Also, receiving something they can keep forever to remind them of a special vacation or an anniversary. The value of carefully chosen items should never be underestimated.

Signs of Support

A third way gifts can have deep meaning between couples is when you buy your partner something that shows your support or encouragement for something they do or are trying to do. You may not be able to really understand or share their interest in their favorite hobby, or be able to do all that much to help them achieve goals in their career or with their fitness, for example, but by giving them things that are related to their personal things, you can show that you are behind them.

If your partner wants to get fit, buy them some beautiful Gucci sneakers from an online retailer like SSENSE to make hitting the gym more fun. If they are going for an important interview or client meeting, get them a new briefcase or a designer laptop bag to take with them and show your support. SSENSE is a luxury retailer that has all of the latest ranges by top designer brands and can be a good place to shop for high-end fashion gifts that can be great for these kinds of occasions.

Gifts between couples aren't always just about impressing your partner when you haven't been together long or simply getting something for traditional occasions like Christmas and anniversaries. Gifts can also be wonderful ways to make your feelings known, to give your partner something physical to remind them of your feelings, and even to give your moral support or show that you are behind them in everything they do!

Why Giving Gifts is Sometimes Important in a Relationship

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How to get the perfect summer tan

September is starting and still many people are about to go on holidays. Luckily, while it is soon autumn in some areas of the country, summer is still here in Florida and for many others. A trip to a country where the sun is shining can easily make the holidays better and help those who want to look fantastic with a glamorous tan. Despite wishing it, some people can’t achieve the perfect skin tone either because they get burned or the skin doesn’t help the process.

It's important to get yourself ready before going to the beach and follow these 7 steps to help you reaching the tan to make your friends jealous ;)

7 Steps to the Perfect Tan 

1. Exfoliation is the first step 

For a long-lasting deep tan, exfoliation is the first step to be followed. Exfoliating your skin will remove the dead cells which can prevent a uniform tan. A few days before you start to be exposed to the sun, start doing it so your skin gets a good clean. Exfoliating gloves, brushes, body scrubs, and non-chemical products are options to take into account. Hydrating the skin after showering is equally important.

2. You are what you eat 

The food you eat plays an important role in your tanning process. Eating certain kinds of vegetables have been proven to help your skin from the inside. Betacarotene and lycopene are components of vegetables that can increase your skin’s protection to UV rays and make your tint a bit more orange. Eat plenty of tomatoes and carrots. Preparing skin from within is mandatory.

3. Fake tan to start 

If you look like a white feather at the beach and you dislike it, there is no problem in cheating a little bit. Use tanning lotions a weak ahead of starting to be truly exposed to the sun and let it act in your skin. At least you won’t be so white for the first time you go to the beach. However, make sure you are always protected against the sun since some tan lotions don’t offer any protection as the sunscreen does. Having a good looking tan doesn’t mean being reckless about the need for sunscreen.

4. Natural oils 

Use natural oils to achieve a deeper tan while protecting your skin. The sun is the number one enemy of skin aging. Consequently, it is mandatory to protect the skin against it. The best oils to use are coconut, olive oil, hazelnut, sunflower, and sesame oil. These oils help you to get a golden glow while they stimulate the skin’s elasticity and keeps it hydrated and moisturized. The proper way to use these is to apply it on the skin at least 30 minutes before being exposed to the sun. On top of the oils, don’t forget to apply the sunscreen.

5. Expose your skin progressively 

If you first expose yourself in a reckless way, you will more likely look like a lobster than with a human being with a glamorous tan. After your skin will start to peel and the snake stage comes. Leave these animals alone and focus on achieving the tan in a progressive way. Make numerous short tanning sessions and take breaks in the shadow. Let your skin cool down for a while. By doing do, you are also reducing the damages that the sun can provoke on your skin. Drink water, eat fruits and reapply sunscreen.

6. Daily tan limit 

Your body can tan for two, a maximum of three hours a day. If you expose yourself longer than this period, lobster alert! At some point, your skin stops producing melanin and your job is done for the day. Don’t make any bets with the capacities of your skin. The human body needs daily regeneration.

7. Change position often 

For a uniform tan, there is nothing better than changing position often while sitting under the sun. The sun will reach every part of your body and you will have a consistent tan on your skin.

Follow these tips during your beach holidays and be responsible for your health while getting the tan that you will be envied for. Happy sun day! :)

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3 Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Ideas You Can Use This Year

Toss this traditional Thanksgiving scene out the window

Who can resist the splendor of Thanksgiving?

It’s a magical time when we come together with family and friends (more on the latter in a second!) to commune over mountains of mouth-watering deliciousness and, well, give thanks for the year that was…

You might be thinking that sounds a little too soon. Heck, it’s still summer! Why are we already talking about Thanksgiving?! Like it or not, summer is on the way out, and the holidays are just around the corner.

And Thanksgiving, oftentimes is a stressful (if not contentious) affair among families, is best approached with kid gloves as the occasion draws near.

But… it’s easy to see the holiday objectively if we start thinking about Thanksgiving now. We can even have some fun with it, which is why I got to thinking about some creative, non-traditional ways to celebrate Thanksgiving. Keeping those thoughts to myself is no fun. So, in the Thanksgiving spirit of sharing, I offer three suggestions to you right now.

Host a Friendsgiving 

Friends are the family we choose (so says the old expression). And if you’re looking to balance out the family drama that comes with a traditional Thanksgiving, why not host a Friendsgiving first?

Friendsgiving (made famous from Seinfeld) is exactly like it sounds—a Thanksgiving-ish party with friends! It has all the food, all the drinks, all the games, all the football, and all the fun, absent Grandma asking when you’re getting married or Uncle Larry’s relentless dad jokes.

The concept of Friendsgiving is rather open-ended, which means you have a lot of flexibility in personalizing a pre-Thanksgiving celebration of friendship. Go crazy with the menu, buy the good champagne, and plan an afternoon of doing whatever you and your squad like doing most.

If you’re old enough to remember the Rachel haircut craze, then you may know the Friendsgiving concept also appears in the first Thanksgiving episode of Friends in 1994. The six friends with nowhere to go for the holiday, gathered at Monica’s apartment for a festive evening of food and drinks, famously toasting to “a crappy New Year!” Personally, TOW the Football is my favorite of their classic Turkey episodes.

And fun fact 2.0: The term “Friendsgiving” first circulated on social media in 2007. Friendsgiving is even on Merriam-Webster’s “Words We’re Watching” list for possible entry into their dictionary. Pretty cool, huh?

Ditch the Turkey and Stuffing and Go Chinese...or Italian...or Moroccan...or Vegan...or Whatever!

If you don’t eat turkey, mashed potatoes, and the rest of the traditional food crew on Thanksgiving, will Pilgrims be rolling over in their graves? 

Of course not! 

There’s no law that says your Thanksgiving menu must include the classics. Mix things up with the cuisine you’d rather be eating anyway. Or go out on a limb and use Thanksgiving as a chance to try dishes you’ve never had before. 

You can also leave the meal prep to someone else and have your ‘Giving gang convene at a favorite restaurant. Sure, some restaurants close for the holiday to give their staff time with family, as tradition dictates. But as Black Friday shopping continues to encroach on Thanksgiving day proper, an increasing number of eateries stay open. 

Whatever approach you choose to enjoy a non-traditional Thanksgiving meal will be memorable. Do you recall the turkey or amazing sides you enjoyed at Thanksgiving dinner three years ago? Probably not. 

Will you always remember the Thanksgiving you tried Mrouzia or went to that amazing sushi bar across town? Definitely. 

Why not celebrate Thanksgiving here instead of at home?

Just Plain Get Out of Dodge

I don’t mean you should pack your bags and trudge off to a relative’s house for Turkey Day. We’re talking vacation

That’s right. You have the complete freedom to plan a vacation over Thanksgiving. You always did, but perhaps the notion never crossed your mind. Thankfully, I’m here to put the travel bug in your ear.

Millions of people are traveling for Thanksgiving anyway. No one says you can’t be among the crowd. The idea isn’t so bad when you’re en route to a dream destination rather than Crazy Cousin Carl’s cramped duplex for the ninth year in a row. 

If you live in the northern states, heading south around Thanksgiving probably sounds incredible—and it could be your reality when you think outside the box.

So, any takers on Vegas?

These are just a few ways to carve a new Thanksgiving experience this year instead of carving the turkey. What will you be doing to buck tradition come November? Happy Holidays!

Three Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Ideas

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