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5 Ways to Become a Morning Person

5 Ways to Become a Morning Person

5 ways to become a morning person. Yes everyone wants to be a morning person but no one wants to do the work. But what if in just 5 small steps you could be on your way to waking up with the birds? Let’s begin.

Get Sleep

Waking up earlier means less sleep right? Not exactly. Let’s be real, how many of us are mindlessly scrolling through our DVRs or Instagram late at night? Those minutes/hours (I’m not judging) spent on those random night time activities can be cut down to allow you more time to sleep. When you are well rested you can wake up earlier.

Get Up

This is the hard part, but that’s why you must get a full nights sleep. When your alarm goes off, don’t hit snooze. Just get up right away, start moving and don’t go back to bed. After the first week this gets easier, trust me.

Dinner

What you eat at dinner can ruin your sleep quality. If you have acid reflex don’t eat that lasagna with extra sauce. Avoid caffeine, energy drinks and high sugar foods before sleep too. The longer it takes you to fall and stay asleep, the harder it is to wake up.

Trick Yourself

If the first 3 suggestions aren’t helping you then you have to get a little more creative. What is that one thing you do at the start of every morning? Is it turning on the lights? Opening the curtains? Playing the morning radio? Turning on the TV? When you get up at your new early time, repeat those same habits so that your brain tricks the body into calming down because it will recognize your morning ritual.

Consistency

If you do something the same time every day you will form a habit. Waking up early is a habit that has to be created for many people who aren’t naturally early risers. Wake up the same time every day, including weekends and soon you will see that you may even begin to wake up right before your alarm.

 

Early mornings are hard, but with some practice, it can become a habit. What steps above will you use to become a morning person?

Health and Fitness

When was Your Last Hearing Test?

When was your last hearing test? What is Audicus? Until a few weeks ago we didn’t know until Audicus invited us to their launch party. Audicus is an online provider of hearing aids and now offers free online hearing tests. This technology is innovative in relation to healthcare by saving a trip to an ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) Doctor and/or Audiologist. With Audicus, the aid to better hearing is now literally a click away.

Audicus Hearing Aid

With concerts, headphone use and gaming, audio plays a huge part of our everyday lives compared to generations past. 1 in 5 adults in the United States suffers from hearing loss and the average person falls into two categories: needing a hearing aid or being curious about their hearing health. The Audicus web-based hearing test allows you to identify issues with hearing from the comfort of your home. To get started with Audicus, fill out a brief questionnaire with audiogram results from your ENT Specialist to view your recommended hearing device. If you just want to know how good your hearing is or find solutions to improve, take their free hearing test online. Depending on results, the application provides solutions to further assist you.

Kory taking a Hearing Test

During the launch party, we each took the online hearing test. Lasting only 10-minutes, it was actually a fun, easy way to monitor our hearing health. The room we tested in was lively so our results were a bit flawed. For best results, take the test in a quiet room with good headphones.

Check out Kat’s test results from the event vs home

Audicus Test Results

 

Audicus Test Results

Audicus Test Results

Hearing loss is a serious issue that is often overlooked. Audicus offers daily customer service via email, chat, and phone has quick processing time and offers low price markups on their top of the line hearing aids. We enjoyed the Audicus experience and would recommend taking the online hearing test if you’re curious about your hearing health.

When was your last hearing test?

Natural Hair

How to Do a Protein Treatment on Natural Hair Using Aphogee Products

How to Do a Protein Treatment on Natural Hair Using Aphogee Products

In a recent video, I shared my experience getting my hair straightened by Tamika from Wesley Styles NYC. In addition to styling, we discussed the need for me to deep condition and do protein treatments regularly. A few weeks prior I used the Aphogee Two Step Protein Treatment & Balanced Moisturizer and it definitely made a difference with my hair. There was less shedding, my curls popped and it felt moisturized. If your hair has been giving signs a protein treatment is needed, here’s how to do one using these two Aphogee products.

How to Do a Protein Treatment on Natural Hair Using Aphogee Products

Step 1: Wash Your Hair

Wash your hair thoroughly with a shampoo to ensure there is no product buildup on your strands and/or scalp. The brand doesn’t really matter, but make sure it is completely clean and detangled. When you’re done, towel blot the hair to prevent dilution of the protein treatment.

 

Step 2: Apply the Two-Step Protein Treatment

Use an applicator bottle with a nozzle to section off the hair to apply the treatment. To prevent more tangles after application and distribute the product evenly, use a wide tooth comb.

Step 3: Dry Your Hair

When you’re done with applying the treatment, dry your hair. When the treatment is dried on the hair, it becomes hard. Make sure to handle it carefully lest it breaks off. This step works best with a hooded dryer.

 

Step 4: Rinse and Apply the Balancing Moisturizer

Rinse and re-rinse out the solution with lukewarm water and make sure the treatment is completely gone before the next step. In order to restore softness and shine, you need to add moisture back into your hair with the Balancing Moisturizer. For best results, leave on the hair for two minutes before rinsing.

You will see and feel a difference with your hair’s elasticity and shine when you’re done.

Have you done a protein treatment using Aphogee Products?

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Natural Hair and Other Box Subscriptions + Giveaway

Box Subscriptions can become an addiction. Who doesn’t like to receive those tiny to medium sized boxes in the mail every month? In this post, we’ll share some of the box subscriptions that we have either personally tried or have received for a review on our sites. We’ve given you some natural hair, lifestyle, mom and food boxes to look into, along with a new mom giveaway! This post contains some affiliate links. Interested in a subscription box, click on a link and support us and the company at the same time! lol

Natural Hair Box Subscriptions

Curlkit Monthly Box Subscription – Curly by Nature Box Subscription Membership subscriptions range from $25/1 month – $150/6 month Boxes include full size and sample items from the natural hair community.

Curlkit was one of the first box subscriptions that we each received during our natural hair journeys. A few of the products in the boxes received, we still use till this day. We appreciate boxes that allow us to try products at a fraction of the cost.
Cost: $25.00 1 month subscription; $75 3 month subscription $150 6 month subscription

CurlMix DIY Subscription Monthly box filled with 5-7 natural and/or organic ingredients to create a moisturizer, leave -in, shampoo or conditioner for your natural hair.

Although I have not personally tried to make a chemistry lab in my kitchen, I am interested in trying the CurlMix subscription. Learning and becoming familiar with the ingredients that you apply to your hair is important. Some of the brands out there claim to be ‘natural’ but use all of these items to create a product that in most times, does not address your dryness or detangle issues you have with your hair texture.
Cost: $28.00 1 month subscription; $66 3 month subscription; $114 6 month subscription

COCOTIQUE.com Use code BOX10. Beauty and lifestyle samples for women of color delivered right to your door. Your COCOTIQUE Box will include a variety of samples from skin care, hair care, fragrance, nail and lifestyle companies.
Cost: $20.00 for a monthly subscription; $112 for 6 month subscription; $220 for a full year subscription

New Moms

Noobie New Mom Box Subscription The Noobie Box is a monthly subscription box curated with the new mom in mind. Products will vary from month to month, and will include items that support lactation production, pampering mom and/or baby, and support you with whatever struggles you may be having during the first year of being a mom. While at the New York Baby Show in May, we a received complimentary box, that we’d like to share with an expecting or new mom. Follow the instructions here to win the box filled with new mom items and coupons.
Cost: $24.95 for the age of your newborn baby. You also have the option to receive a full year of boxes. The boxes change as your baby and you grow together.

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Bookroo Book Subscription Book subscription to fill the library for your newborn to six years old.
Cost: $17.99 plus shipping and handling for 1 month. If you are interested in Bookroo for yourself or a friend, they are offering a discount on your first order! Your gift will last forever!

Lifestyle

The Beautifully Bloom Box Relax and unwind with 5-6 self-care essentials designed to help you discover more of what makes you happy. It’s not a box about outside the self beauty but about how to feel from the inside and how to reflect that beauty.
Cost: $39.00/Pay once, get one box. Rebilled every 2 months — our most popular option!

Brown Sugar Box SubscriptionIzzy and Liv’s Brown Sugar Box A box of 5-6 items ranging from tees, drinkware, accessories, tote bags, pillow covers, jewelry, stationery, leggings, sweats, prints, and more. The box also contains literature about each of the items and a little history lesson about something in our culture.
Cost: $39.95/a month Every 3 friends who subscribe using your special link earns you a FREE box! There is no limit to the number of free months you can earn!

Food Box Subscriptions

Graze Box Subscription Snacks with wonderful flavors and the fact that they really try not to send you a snack you won’t like.
Cost: Varies, depending on the type of snacks you choose to receive.

HelloFresh Customize your meal plan and for how many people you’ll be cooking for. Meals based on your preference are delivered to your home on the day that you select! If that’s not a reason to try HelloFresh, I don’t know what is.
Cost: Classic, $9.99/per meal; Veggie, $9.99/per meal; Family, $8.74/per meal

Wine of The Month Club!
The Wine of the Month Club is open to anyone who has an appreciation of fine wine and is interested in a monthly wine club service. Quality wine delivered straight to your door!
Cost: $23.96/a month or send a gift to a friend who loves wine as much as you do.

Wine Club

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