It's a Coffee Type of Day #mermaidmonday

Starbucks Mermaid by Ghost-Bitz

Today was one of those days that I needed multiple cups of coffee. I mean every day is a multiple cups of coffee day, but still. I got my Starbucks and did some shopping. I tried out my pour technique again with painting. I'm getting pretty happy with it and glad I finally got around to trying it. I found this cute little dark green Starbucks mermaid and felt like she was a fair representation of my day.

Keeping the Germs at Bay

Its that lovely time of year when everyone has the sniffles. And when you have two mischievous faeries running around like I do you need something to help with keeping the germs at bay. That's why I jumped at the chance for some samples from Softsoap.

They sent me two of their Antibacterial Hand Soaps and the kids loved them. I loved that they helped keep the germs away.

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One of the soaps they sent me was their Crisp & Clean Soap and it was great a nice simple smell. The kids used it and had no complaints.

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The other was their Lemon Hand Soap which, to be honest, was my favorite. I loved the smell, it was this sweet crisp citrus smell.

The best way to keep germs away is to make sure you clean your hands, cover your mouth when you cough, your nose when you sneeze and dress appropriately for the weather. Good luck out there!


I was given samples for my honest review, if you use my links to buy something I may get a little money. 

How Much Sleep is Enough? Find Out!

Why 6 Hours of Sleep May Not Be Enough for Your Health



Would you be surprised if I told you that sleep is the most crucial part of our daily lives? Some of you might say, but what about exercise and a healthy diet? Others might say, how about relationships with family and friends – they’re important too, right? And even some of us might focus on our careers and say, 'For me, that’s right up there too.' 

And we would all be right. And no, don’t bash the career-minded individuals entirely just yet. Galen, the famous physician from ancient Rome, claimed, ‘Employment is nature’s physician and is essential to human happiness.’ What we all need for a good life is a healthy balance of them all. 

But I still stand by my claim that enough quality sleep is essential. According to research, the average human adult needs between seven and nine hours of shut-eye per night to function at one hundred percent. 

But what about six hours? 


Other research claims that about six hours is enough. This finding is based on the hypothesis that our prehistoric ancestors thrived on precisely that amount of rest. That one made me frown because I read a more recent article claiming that Neanderthals had enlarged noses, allowing for them to inhale more oxygen than us modern humans – now, that’s an advantageous regenerative ability.    

Whatever it is, for me seven hours is the minimum, anything below that amount and I start to see the signs. The first thing to go when I sleep below the required amount is my cognitive functions. I find I am less alert and far more forgetful. 

The typical me running out the door without my car keys form an integral part of this phase. 

Now, many of you may be asking yourselves why would I ever do that to myself if I already knew after a very short time what effect sleep deprivation was having on me.

I agree. I would ask the same thing too. But have you forgotten the easiest reason? I bet you have because we all use it as a motive to stay awake. We are time-starved. We have jobs, we might have kids, we have social lives, we have families, we have… Must I go on? Nope, because we all have a lot to do and sleep is the easiest and best thing to sacrifice.    

Wrong!


Enough quality sleep (and I mean more than 7 hours) is directly linked to our wellbeing and lifespan. We all know what it is like to wake up feeling refreshed after enough shut-eye. We feel ready to take on anything, and this feeling is further enhanced when we look at our selves in the mirror. Our skins are glowing. 

I hope the most of you remember that feeling.   

What happens after only 6 hours? To be honest, this duration is the most dangerous because it can sustain you for quite some time without you noticing any difference in performance. You may not even realize that you are less alert or that your memory is not en form. And you definitely won’t immediately see the more serious things like higher blood pressure, heart strain, stress and a higher risk of weight gain. The negative will creep up on you over time.  


If falling asleep or waking up at night is your problem, SleepingGuide.org might be able to help by helping you find a new mattress. Also, adopting some scientific hacks to get better sleep is well worth it. Remember, no matter who you are it is very unlikely anything below seven hours of sleep per night is enough.     

Written by: Mike Sarabia is a passionate mental health writer.

Self-Care Check In


Self-care is a tricky thing for a mom, especially a busy one. Its hard to always work out time for yourself. To make sure you are taking care of self, especially if you are like me and take care of everyone else.

But self-care is so important. 


Yesterday I was overcome with horrible back pain to the point that I was having spasms. I wound up in urgent care to get it taken care of. But truth be told I waited till the back pain with too bad to deal with and that's why I had the spasms. If I had gone earlier it wouldn't have been as bad. But it's all good.

I did zone out for a bit and try out my new Jane Davenport Power Pastels and drew this happy till mermaid tail to calm myself.

How do you calm yourself? 

Hello Monday #mermaidmonday

Ariel by ascarletsails
Set the sails, it's Monday again. Ready for the week?