IQAir AirVisual Pro Review

Working as an occupational therapist with older adults who have lung diseases like COPD and emphysema, is always a brutal eye-opener. Did they smoke? Did they commute to NYC every day for 30 years? Were they factory workers? What caused them to have such terrible diagnoses and prognoses? A big factor that most people ignore: air pollution.

 

I learned so much about air quality and pollution from IQAir. We take 25,000 breaths each day. How many of those breaths are of good quality? IQAir reports that an MIT study reports that air pollution contributes to 10% of deaths in America. And, our indoor environments can be worse than outside, leaving us with physical symptoms like headaches and fatigue.

I was sent the AirVisual Pro air quality monitor from IQAir. I hooked up the monitor on my console table at the top of my stairs. (I live in a bi-level.) Within a few minutes, I had the device hooked up to my Wi-Fi network. I downloaded the AirVisual app on my Android device (also available for Apple devices).

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The screen is 3.25 inches high, 7.25 inches wide, and 4 inches deep. The LED screen is 5 inches. It has a chargeable lithium battery and can operate 4 hours on a single charge. AirVisual Pro allows you to select three languages: English, Chinese, or French. It comes with a Micro USB to USB cord and a USB power adapter. The problem with the IQAir is that the screen is not a touchscreen. The top of the device has up and down buttons. I think having a touchscreen would provide greater ease when putting in Wi-Fi passwords.

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AirVisual Pro is super sensitive. It detects particulate matter (PM2.5) from .3 – 2.5 µm, carbon dioxide from 400-10,000 parts per million, temperature from 14 – 104 degrees Fahrenheit, and 0 – 95% relative humidity. This all appears on your screen within minutes. (You scroll through the different screens using the up and down arrows).

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Air Visual App on my Android Phone

I learned in the user manual that particulate matter is considered the most hazardous pollutant to human health as it can be absorbed into the bloodstream via the lungs. That you want the Air Quality Index (AQI) to be between 0-50, which means little to no health risk. Thankfully, as you can see on my monitor, our house has good air quality. The index ranges from 0-500, which the higher index values indicate higher levels of air pollution. I also learned about carbon dioxide (and how it is different than carbon monoxide). The levels range from under 700 ppm to 10,000 ppm. What I noticed in our home was that when we closed the windows and turned on the air conditioning, the carbon dioxide increased dramatically. The good news is that high carbon dioxide rarely causes long-term health effects, but in the short term can cause headaches, drowsiness, and decreased productivity and concentration.

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Luckily, there is an outdoor AirVisual Pro in a nearby town. So our screen shows the air quality in the living room of our home and Chester, New Jersey. It also gives an air pollution and weather forecast to guide our schedule of outdoor activities. I can’t wait to see what the air quality reader says during the hot, humid New Jersey summers. The indoor screen provides temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide levels. The recommendations screen has advice icons (a little man on a bicycle indicating to go and enjoy outdoor activities), Wi-Fi status, Battery status, time, date, and advice text (“Your CO2 levels are high. Open your windows to get clean, fresh air.”)

The AirVisual Pro recently completed registration with IFTTT, so it is now a smart device. If you are unfamiliar with IFTTT, it’s a free service that allows devices to interact with each other (www.ifttt.com). A simple example would be that If the AirVisual Pro reported an AQI over a certain level in your home, you could have it turn on the HVAC fan via a smart thermostat (e.g. Nest, Honeywell). If you have an efficient filtration system, like IQAir’s Perfect16, you can clean the air. The AirVisual Pro has five triggers (Temperature, Humidity, AQI, PM 2.5, and CO2).

The AirVisual Pro is awesome. I like how it provides a lot of different information about the air quality inside my home and outdoors. It is a compact device and a good weather center as my husband and I are getting ready in the morning. The only downside is that I wish it was a touchscreen. If you are looking for an air quality monitor, are a frequent traveler, or have a lung condition, I would absolutely recommend AirVisual Pro by IQAir.

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Namaste.

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GreenBlender Review

Disclosure: I received a one-week GreenBlender subscription complimentary for review. This post also contains affiliate and referral links where I earn a small commission to help sustain Realm of Vibes. Thank you for your support.

Every Sunday, I wash, cut, and prep for a week’s worth of fruit for smoothies. They are super basic: water, spinach, and berries. Sometimes, I will add a vegetable (usually cucumber), a piece of ginger, chia seeds or a drop or two of essential oils. My husband never complains, so I keep creating the same concoctions in my Blendtec (The Blendtec, in my humble opinion, is the best blender on the market – and I have tried almost all of them).

Enter GreenBlender.

GreenBlender  is a smoothie subscription service, similar to Hello Fresh. Each week, GreenBlender sends its members original recipes and pre-portioned ingredients to make smoothies at home. Every box includes all of the ingredients needed to make 5 different recipes, with 2 servings in each recipe (for a total of 10 smoothie servings). You have the option of picking 5 of the most appealing smoothies from a selection of 8. GreenBlender  also meets a variety of dietary restrictions and needs (gluten and dairy free – like me!)

Green Blender Box Review

GreenBlender also focuses on sourcing from organic farms, urban and local farms, green markets, and vendors who value sustainable practices whenever possible. I live near farms and really try to buy locally to support real people, rather than big businesses.

GreenBlender costs $49.90 USD per shipment, but with my referral link, you will get $20 off a new subscription. That’s amazing! It is totally worth giving them a try at $29.90 USD!

My Smoothie Choices

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  • Blueberry Punch
    • Prep: 5 minutes
    • I added 1 cup of water, the blueberries, banana, summer squash, amia powder and ice to the Blendtec and within a minute, had a perfectly blended smoothie. I never had heard of amla powder before, so I learned about the abundance of nutritional benefits. Amla powder is safe for pregnancy, too. I never made a smoothie with summer squash and was pleasantly surprised. The Blueberry Punch smoothie had the right amount of sweetness and was not only a beautiful start to my morning but a great way to be introduced to GreenBlender.
  • Kale Mango Glow
    • Prep: 10 minutes
    • I hate peeling mangos, so the prep took me a little longer today. Otherwise, It was happy to use kale, acai berry, flaxseed, and a banana. It was very creamy, sweet, and perfect to increase my energy, glow, and immunity. Absolutely delicious!
  • Orange Berry Basil
    • Prep: 5 minutes
    • It was my first time ever using collard greens and basil in a smoothie and I was left wondering why I hadn’t. What I like about GreenBlender is that I feel that the chefs really create out-of-the-box recipes that actually work! The Orange Berry Basil is your quintessential green drink; I noticed it was a little gritty, but then remembered I forgot to add ice. User error! Otherwise, it was super tasty and I would absolutely make this again!
  • Mangosteen Morning
    • Prep: 8 minutes
    • Since I am now an expert in cutting mangos, the prep was 2 minutes shorter today.  Mangosteen Morning included baby spinach, cantaloupe, kiwis, mangosteen powder, coconut flakes, ice and water. This smoothie was not as sweet as the others, and a little gritty. I wasn’t sure of the organic shredded coconut should have been blender or used as a garnish. It was a little gritty, and my least favorite of all the smoothie choices, but I drank all of it since it has immune boosting benefits.
  • Green Cucumber Mint
    • Prep: 6 minutes
    • This smoothie boasts anti-inflammatory and high fiber benefits. It also is low sugar, perfect for my gestational diabetes. I thought the combinationof the collard greens, pear, cucumbers, mint, lime, chia seeds, water and ice was super light, fresh, cooling, and a great start to my morning. My husband, Jason, said, “There are a lot of flavors in here, and it tastes really good!” If he compliments it, it must be good!

Verdict

I love GreenBlender. Not only are these recipes easy, but the flavor profiles are so different and versatile – I wouldn’t imagine coming up with some of the recipe combinations! I feel that the chefs really make sure they are holistic, healthy, and delicious. I also love all of the different options. I am excited for my next box!

 

Use my referral link to get $20 off your first subscription box! (So $29.90 USD – a steal!)

Namaste.

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Aravinda MOJO Aromatherapy Bracelets

Lucky me – I grew up in the era of slap bracelets, pogs, manhunt, and playing outside with other kids on the block until my mother stood on the front steps and screamed for us to come home for dinner. Those were the days…I digress.

When Aravinda asked me to write a review on their MOJO Aromatherapy slap bracelets, I jumped at the opportunity. Since I became a Wellness Advocate for doTERRA, I have integrated essential oils into every sense of my wellness and self-care routine.

About Aravinda

Aravinda created MOJO slap bracelets combine color therapy with aromatherapy. Just add 1-2 drops (okay, I added 3) to the bracelet, and enjoy an all-day, lasting therapeutic effect. To wash your bracelet, just use a little soap and water. The MOJO bracelet is surrounded by microfiber, which is nice a soft. There are two middle layers; a waterproof neoprene layer and a stainless steel band, which slaps on your wrist for a comfortable, but snug fit. The neoprene layer prevents any irritation from highly concentrated, or hot oils, like Cinnamon or Oregano.

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MOJO Bracelets come in 4 colors.

  • Purple: Blessed, Crown Chakra, Wisdom, Compassion, Creativity
  • Red-Orange: Energized, Root & Spleen Chakra, Vitality, Joy, Courage
  • Green-Blue: Inspired, Heart & Throat Chakra, Balance, Self-Control, Love
  • Indigo: Relaxed, Brow Chakra, Calmness, Intuition, Imagination

Each MOJO bracelet is $14.99 USD.

Aravinda MOJO Bracelets

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Experience

I added three drops of Cedarwood to the purple MOJO Blessed bracelet. Not only does Cedarwood keep the bugs at bay when I walk my dogs, but it is a super calming scent that helps me relax before a long shift at work.

The MOJO Blessed bracelet is a rich violet color, one that can help me to seek focus, wisdom, compassion, and creativity. All of those qualities I try to possess when I create treatment plans during my full-time job as an occupational therapist. I like how Aravinda integrates color therapy and aromatherapy – innovative concept, and I look forward to wearing more colors in the future.

I can’t help to get a nostalgic feeling as I slap the bracelet around my right wrist. I remove the bracelet and slap my wrist a few times, remembering how my sister and I used to chase each other around slapping each other…and collecting all of the fashionable bracelets that hit the market. The MOJO slap bracelet makes an excellent, useful adult version that is still fun, colorful, and comfortable.

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doTERRA’s Cedarwood still remains on my bracelet after a long 45-minute walk with my dogs and after an eight-hour shift at work. There is no need to refresh with more essential oils. It is comfortable and doesn’t make me sweat. It has a snug fit – no more or less snug than my FitBit on my left wrist. I found myself sniffing my MOJO bracelet throughout my day, and a few of my coworkers asking me, “What’s that?” only to take a step closer to say, “You smell like the woods.” Thank you. I smell like calm and happiness and feel like my MOJO is renewed.

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DIY Citrus Stink Away Spray

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Since I became a doTERRA Wellness Advocate, I started making my own homemade creations.

I have purchased store-bought Poo Spray for each bathroom in my home but realized that using a few simple items (that I had already in my EO inventory), I could save a lot of money! (Who isn’t about saving a little coin?) And, I am never sure what is exactly in pre-made products, so this gives me peace of mind that I am using natural ingredients.

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My bathroom with my DIY Citrus Stink Away Spray

For those of you who don’t know, you shake the Poo Spray into the toilet and sit down to do your business with a pleasant aroma, opposed to, well, a stinky poop aroma.

Here is what you need:
– A 2 ounce Amber Glass Spray Bottle
– 2-3 tablespoons Thayers Alcohol-free Unscented Witch Hazel Toner 
– 1-2 tsp. dish soap. I use Dawn Free & Gentle Dishwashing Liquid Dish Soap
– Distilled Water
– doTERRA Essential Oils; purchase them from my shop, here.

I wanted a Citrus Spray so I used the following combination.

  • 10 drops Wild Orange
  • 15 drops Bergamot
  • 15 drops Lemon
  • 15 drops Grapefruit

You can mix and match what works for you. This spray is for my 25 square foot half bathroom. I add a few more drops for the spray in my bigger bathroom.

DIY Citrus Stink Away Spray

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Directions:

  1. Add the dish soap to the bottom of the 2-ounce glass spray bottle. Do not use plastic. The dish soap not only cleans the toilet but helps bind with the essential oils. The soap should coat the bottom of the 2-ounce bottle.
  2. Add the witch hazel. The bottle should be one-quarter full.
  3. Add the doTERRA essential oils. (I only use doTERRA.)
  4. Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water.
  5. Shake it up, baby!
  6. Add a pretty little label and stick on the top of your toilet. Remember to Shake. Spritz. Sit and enjoy the aroma!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments. If you are interested in becoming a wholesale member or Wellness Advocate for doTERRA, please contact me at realmofvibesdg@gmail.com. Or, join my Facebook Group here.

P.S. Check out my Homemade Face Wipes using Essential Oils & DIY Time for Bed Linen Spray!

 

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5 Books for Parents to Be

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My sister purchased several best sellers for me to read before Emilia makes her debut in July. I always end my day snuggled in bed with my doTERRA Petal diffuser blasting lavender engrossed in a book. Reading has always had a calming effect on me. These are currently on my nightstand:

I Heart My Little A-Holes: A bunch of holy-crap moments no one ever told you about parenting by Karen Alpert

I finished this book in 3 days and laughed out loud almost every single page. It made me realize how my life is going to completely change in a few months. Kids are true blessings – but I know that this parenting ride may not always present with smooth sails. The author has a comical way of giving us soon-to-be parents a glimpse into reality.

The Baby Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance (Owner’s and Instruction Manual) by Louis Borgenicht M.D and Joe Borgenicht

Another light-hearted, non-threatening read that I finished over the course of a week. It covers the basics, but with some new information that has changed since my babysitting and nannying days. It calls doctors “service providers,” which always gives me a good chuckle. This owner’s manual also helped me with a few things on my baby registry.

So That’s What They’re For!: The Definitive Breastfeeding Guide 3rd edition by Janet Tamaro

Breastfeeding. This is my take on breastfeeding; fed is best. I am hoping that Emilia and I both enjoy and have an easy breastfeeding experience. If not, formula it will be. I was a formula kid. So was my sister, husband, and sister-in-law. We all turned out somewhat normal. Our moms didn’t even attempt breastfeeding. I, on the other hand, would like to give it a try. Of course, like any new mom, I’m nervous, so this book is a great way to educate me on everything relating to breastfeeding in an informative, direct, conversational way.

Your Baby’s First Year For Dummies by James Gaylord, MD and Michelle Hagen

I love for Dummies books. It breaks everything down so simply and reviews every topic within the baby’s first year. I like how it has pictures (I’m a visual learner) and pediatrician recommendations that really helped me to formulate a plan when Emilia arrives. The book is extensive, so the index is super helpful when I want to read a specific topic.

Show Dad How (Parenting Magazine): The Brand-New Dad’s Guide to Baby’s First Year by Shawn Bean

Jason claims he has never been much of a reader so when my sister surprised him with this Show Dad How book, I got really excited because this is a very simple picture book to learn how to do basic things, like change a diaper. It provides comedic relief, as we all know, raising children does take a village.

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