5 Affirmations to Get You Through the Holiday Season

by Nicole Martin

What is an affirmation? Simply stated, affirmations are consciously controlled thoughts.  Affirmations are strong, positive statements that you intentionally think or say out loud. They are extremely helpful when your typical stream of worries and topic-hopping thoughts could rival any goldfish. During the holiday season, our minds tend to go wild.

Affirmations can also be very powerful on the human psyche.  When used regularly, they help to rewire our brain towards positive thinking and help battle negative emotions and thoughts.

The holiday season is a great time to start practicing affirmations. While we all want to be blissful and joyous during this time of year, the reality is that we are ferociously finishing our shopping lists, cleaning our houses and preparing for holiday dinners, and are often left feeling exhausted and stressed. The power of positive words and thoughts can help negate some of these holiday emotions.

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Try reading through some of the affirmations below; say each sentence out loud (it’s ok, you can go hide in the bathroom) and see how your mindset shifts towards joy.  Several slow, deep breaths only strengthen your experience and will help you to reach true peace and happiness.

  • When your To-Do List feels overwhelming“I breathe in and out, knowing that what I need to get done, will get done.”
  • When you feel obligated to go to every holiday party and function: “I have the power to choose how I spend my time during the holidays.”
  • When you feel burnt out: “It’s okay to practice self-care and to rest, relax and recharge.”
  • When you are anxious about intrusive questions “I release all holiday stress and expectations of what I think that I should be. I allow myself to be me.”
  • When you are worried about holiday spending: “Money comes to me easily and unexpectedly. “

Feel free to tweak the wording in these statements so that they are even more meaningful for you.  Remember, positive thinking is like exercise – the more you practice, the stronger you’ll become at leveraging these statements in the thick of a stressful moment.

May you find moments of serenity during the holiday season! Cheers!

Nicole Martin is a personal development coach who empowers moms to live their best life possible!  After achieving what she believed was an ideal life, Nicole recognized that she still was not fulfilled, and set off on a DIY personal development journey. Now, she brings her life & career experiences, intuition, and a nurturing energy to other moms who are looking for “more” (don’t worry, she’ll help you define what that is!)  Find Nicole at www.wellandguidedmoms.com and on Instagram.

5 Affirmations to Get You Through the Holiday Season

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Half Marathon Hydration with Hydrant

Hindsight is always 20/20. My mom and I tackled our first half marathon a month ago. We didn’t train very much, and we certainly underestimated the hilly course. To make matters even more challenging, it was raining the entire duration of the 13.1 grueling miles. We learned to embrace the suck and really had to use mental strength to make it across the finish line. At mile twelve, Mom and I started to experience leg cramps. I was hydrating with coconut water and Gatorade, but if I stopped moving, even for one second, my legs would scream, “Sit down. You’re done.” I wish I had something to sustain me…

When John Sherwin, the founder of Hydrant, sent me samples of his new hydration mix product, I thought, “I really could have used this during the half marathon.” I went to his website to learn more.

Hydrant Hydration Mix

 

Hydrant is a simple, scientifically designed formula that has 3 times more electrolytes than sports drinks on the current market.  Available as small powder stick packs in Lemon Lime flavor (my favorite!), they are easy to store in a backpack or duffle bag. Outdoor enthusiasts or endurance athletes just need to add it to water and can hydrate anytime, anywhere.

Ingredients

Sugar (11 grams), Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Potassium Citrate, Salt, Magnesium Citrate, Zinc Gluconate., Lemon Juice Powder, Lime Juice Powder, Natural Lemon Flavor.

Highlights of Hydrant:

  • Includes a combination of balanced electrolytes, a bit of sugar and light natural lemon-lime flavor
  • Vegan
  • Kosher
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • NON-GMO
  • No artificial colors or flavors
  • 50 calories per stick

  • Claims to improve cognition, lift spirits, and reduce headaches.
  • Manufactured in the USA

Directions

Add one pack in 500 mL (16.9 ounces) of water.

Experience

My husband and I are very active people. We love hiking (we accomplished two of the 46 High Peaks earlier this year) and taking our dogs for long walks and runs. I go to weekly hot yoga and body pump classes. I also just took my first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class. I really enjoy exercise and strive to be a fit, healthy person.

This week I decided to try Hydrant after my 5-mile run. I came home, emptied the packet into a glass, added water, and stirred. Perfection.

 

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Hydrating with Hydrant after my 5-Mile Run

 

I love the flavor of lemon-lime; Hydrant does not disappoint. It’s cold, tart, and easily drinkable. Within 5 minutes, I feel like my life is restored! I am still sweating profusely from the class, but I feel re-energized and I am ready to go home, shower, and tackle the upcoming workday.

I would purchase Hydrant for my husband and I engage in prolonged, intense exercise. It was easy to mix together, the packets can be taken anywhere, and the lemon-lime flavor was delicious. Hydrant is the perfect during and post workout hydration beverage.

Purchase Hydrant on their website and visit them on social media: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Disclosure: I received samples of Hydrant complimentary for review purposes; all opinions within are my own. If you would like your product reviewed on Realm of Vibes, please e-mail realmofvibesdg@gmail.com or visit my Contact page for more information.

 

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Don’t Be So Clingy: Static Schmatic

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As the weather gets colder, I start to layer my clothing and wear a lot of hats. One thing I can’t stand is clingy clothes and fly-away hair. Static Schmatic sent me The Basic Essentials Kit, which includes anti static spray for clothes and hair, to review. Static Schmatic products claim to be a useful and easy way to manage static electricity while leaving no scent or residue. I certainly put their products to the test!

About Static Schmatic

  • Made with Pure, All-Natural ingredients
  • Environmentally Safe
  • Made in the USA
  • Does not test on animals
  • Free of harmful chemicals, toxins, scents, grease
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Gluten-Free
  • Made in small batches

 

Static Schmatic

If only Static Schmatic could fold laundry…

Static Schmatic comes in 3-ounce spray bottles. They have anti-static spray for:

  • Hair
  • Clothes (This variety also comes in a 12-ounce bottle.)
  • Kids
  • Pets
  • Men’s

One bottle is $8 USD (except Hair – $12). I received a sample of the clothes and hair – perfect for the winter!

Experience

Static Schmatic for Hair claims it is perfect for maintaining a great blowout. I had a keratin treatment done right before so I was a little nervous to apply this directly to my hair. It doesn’t have any harsh ingredients (distilled water, plant-based soap, coconut oil, glycerin and salt), so I decided to give it a whirl. I sprayed a few inches away, and it not only smelled fresh (kind of like baby powder), but it tamed my flyaways. It didn’t coat my hair or leave any build-up. It definitely helped keep my hair in place, especially after I took off my beanie hat. I also sprayed Static Schmatic directly on my hairbrush and on the inside of my hat. Next time I go to the salon, I will introduce Static Schmatic to my hairdresser since all of the styling tools she uses cause static. My hairdresser has to tame my wild locks with creams or serums so this would be a quick, organic way to manage my unruly pieces.

Static Schmatic for Hair

I do all of the laundry in my household. There is nothing worse than going for an article of clothing in the laundry basket and feel that electric energy running through your veins. That’s why I decided to keep Static Schmatic Solution for Clothes in a drawer in my guest room. I empty the laundry basket on the bed and spray with Static Schmatic. Not only is it an all-natural alternative to dryer sheets, but all of the clothes are now static free and extra clean from the quick spritz. Static Schmatic Solution for Clothes now accompanies me when I go clothing shopping. This has prevented me from getting shocked on multiple occasions and has saved time when deciding whether or not the clothing is a “yes” or “no.” If I wear layers, I spray this on each piece to reduce static – no one likes getting shocked!

I hope that Static Schmatic will come out with a bottle specifically for linens. I have been using the one on clothing for my dog’s blanket on my bed, their dog beds, and the carpet. I know it says the sprays are odorless, but they seem to have a fresh, clean, baby powder smell to me. It’s super refreshing.

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I think Static Schmatic is great. I love how they are people, pet, and planet friendly. My hair and clothing static has been drastically reduced. I am happy to use and support a business like Static Schmatic that actually cares about the ingredients they are putting in the bottle. Static Schmatic – I give you a thumbs up!

Visit Static Schmatic‘s website and check out their social media links on Facebook, You TubeInstagram and Pinterest.

Namaste.

Disclosure: I received two bottles of  Static Schmatic  complimentary for review purposes. All opinions within are my own. If you are interested in having your product on Realm of Vibes, e-mail realmofvibesdg@gmail.com for more information or fill out the form on my Contact page.

Brush Hero: The Ultimate Detail Brush

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I am a neat freak. Nothing makes me happier than a clean house. One area of my life that I don’t keep clean is my car. My 2013 Subaru Impreza is dirtier than I’d ever like to admit. My husband takes pride in his truck, where I think of my car as a vehicle that transports me from Point A to Point B. I actually got sick of looking at my filthy car, so opted to review the Brush Hero: The Ultimate Detail Brush. 

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What is the Brush Hero: The Ultimate Detail Brush?

The Brush Hero Starter Set comes with your basic turbine, the white brush, and the black brush, plus the garden hose Quick Connect.

Brush Hero is powered by water pressure from a standard garden hose and spins with an impressive amount of torque. It’s not supposed to spin fast! Slow and steady provides maximum scrubbing power.

The white brush is to be used for tough jobs and the black brush is for sensitive surfaces. Be sure to tie back hair, and secure loose clothing before use. If there is an accidental tangle, you can flip the toggle switch, which will stop the flow and unwind.
Brush Hero also has a variety of different accessories listed on their website. Some of them include replacement brushes, extension wands, microfiber towels, and a variety of cleaning products.
What can I clean with Brush Hero?
  • Cars
  • Grills
  • Patios
  • Bikes
  • Gutters
  • Garden Tools
  • Pools
  • Pets

Whatever you do, the Brush Hero is NOT intended for use with pressure washers.

Experience

Let’s start with the bad news, first. I’m a pretty smart woman. I have a Master’s degree and you will find me saying, “Read the directions” whenever my husband and I have a project that needs to be put together…

It took me 1 hour to figure out how to get the Brush Hero correctly assembled and affixed to my garden hose. My husband had to help me and ultimately figured it out. He was so happy I was finally going to clean my car, and he got so frustrated he said, “this better be worth the aggravation!” 

Brush Hero – you need CONCISE directions labeling each piece! I couldn’t even figure it out on your website. I was going crazy. Customer service was going to hear from me. Please know, not everyone knows what female and male connectors are! My husband and I realized that we don’t need the Quick Connect Adaptor and another ridiculous piece and that we could attach the hose right into the bottom of the Brush Hero. Maybe a YouTube video would help?

Was it worth the hassle?

Yes! I don’t think the above pictures do my wheels justice. I have been disappointed using super hot water and brillo pads to try to get the dirt and grime off my wheels (hence why I have never cleaned them). My wheels have been neglected for years, so I wasn’t expecting a miracle. I also ran out of wheel cleaner (of course that would happen the day I actually want to clean them). Brush Hero absolutely exceeded my expectations.

Besides the direction debacle, Brush Hero was very easy to use. It didn’t take much time to get my wheels from filthy to shiny. Take a look at my husband having fun with the Brush Hero below.

After using the Brush Hero to clean my wheels, I mentioned to Jason that I wanted to clean my bike and the windows. My husband said he wants to clean the grill grates and some of the outdoor tools. Brush Hero is very versatile and could help us clean everything!

I would definitely consider purchasing one of the Brush Hero Gift Kits that are available for the holidays. I know my dad and father in law would really appreciate something that cuts grease, grime, and dirt in record time without much manual labor. (Brush Hero also offers free gift wrapping!)

Brush Hero retails for $34.99 USD and offers 100% satisfaction guarantee!

Look no further for a great holiday gift! Help your family and friends to bring cleanliness into their homes for 2018!

Purchase your Brush Hero here & be sure to visit them on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and Twitter.

Namaste.

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BOOK REVIEW: One Dog’s Faith: How My Dog Helped Me Trust in God and Overcome Chronic Worrying by Tom Baker

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I love my dogs, Bailey and Gino. We rescued Bailey from Caring Canine Connections when she was 10 weeks old. She was a stray in a high kill shelter in North Carolina. (She was going to be euthanized over Thanksgiving.) Apparently, she was bitten during transport up to New Jersey, leaving a tear in her ear. Gino, my Chihuahua mix, was dumped out on the street. I went with volunteers from CCC to save 19 dogs from a high kill shelter back in July. Gino sat on my lap the entire drive back home. He looked at me with his big bug eyes as I whispered sweet nothings like “You are okay, little man. No one will ever hurt you again.” into his ears, which were drawn back and down. He was supposed to be killed over the Fourth of July.

I often say that my dogs saved me from myself. They have come into my life when I needed them most. Anxiety and worry are both useless emotions, but have overcome me when I was frantic about finances, health concerns, switching jobs, and finding work. I tried to tell myself that I was living the American dream, but some days felt like a true nightmare.

I received an autographed review copy of One Dog’s Faith: How My Dog Helped Me Trust in God and Overcome Chronic Worrying by Tom Baker. The book is written from his dog, Mango’s, point of view, which adds humor and lightheartedness to the story. Tom adds his perspective at the end of each chapter. One Dog’s Faith is a Christian book, and has several references to God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Bible. (As most of you know from my previous posts, I was raised Catholic, but do not practice. I consider myself more spiritual and believe in the religion of karma and being nice to others.) Since I love dogs and have been successfully managing my anxiety for ten years, I figured it would be a good read. It turns out, I really loved this book. I have many tabbed pages with important life reminders.

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I interrupted Bailey during her nap to capture the perfect picture.

Tom Baker writes in One Dog’s Faith: How My Dog Helped Me Trust in God and Overcome Chronic Worrying:

“He [God] allows us to go through some pain in order to progress toward improvement. He sometimes has to hold us down in the middle of our misery to help us find our comfort and happiness. God sees the big picture and knows what’s best for each and every being.” (p. 114)

“Fear is powerful if you let it take over. Fear and faith can’t live in the same dog house.” (p. 168)

“Michelle just said, ‘Give it up…Give it to God…God will provide…God will make a way,’ And He always did, without fail. I saw it; she saw it.” (p 191)

One Dog’s Faith: How My Dog Helped Me Trust in God and Overcome Chronic Worrying is a feel-good book. It put many things into perspective. I used to come home from a long day at work and instantly start preparing for the next day. I would lay my scrubs out, prepare a lunch and start dinner, set the coffeemaker, pay bills, fold laundry, empty the dishwasher. I was going through the motions, preparing for something that wasn’t even guaranteed. My dogs would be begging for my attention, showing their gratitude and happiness that I was finally home. Now, when I get home from work, I drop my stuff on the table and sit on the floor to give them lots of love. I take them for a walk outside and smell the fresh air. I silently thank God for giving me another beautiful day and the opportunity to be able to come home from a day of work and spend time with my husband and furbabies. I learned to not take life so seriously. One Dog’s Faith offers perspectives that make you think about your life and how to improve upon your relationships with others, as well as God.

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Gino with One Dog’s Faith by Tom Baker

Mango reminds us that dogs live for the moment. They don’t take things seriously. They are happy with very little, and that they truly value their time with us on Earth. I watch Bailey and Gino in awe. They, like Mango, have taught me to let go, trust God, follow instead of lead, and the true meaning of unconditional love.

Be sure to purchase One Dog’s Faith: How My Dog Helped Me Trust in God and Overcome Chronic Worrying on Amazon. One lucky winner will win a copy.

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Visit Tom Baker’s website: One Dog’s Faith and follow him on social media: FacebookInstagramLinkedIn. Don’t forget to connect with the author’s dog, Mango, on Facebook!

Namaste.

Disclosure: I received a copy of One Dog’s Faith: How My Dog Helped Me Trust in God and Overcome Chronic Worrying complimentary for review purposes. All opinions within are my own. If you are interested in having your product on Realm of Vibes, e-mail realmofvibesdg@gmail.com for more information or fill out the form on my Contact page.

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