Polarbelle

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

It's a Coca-Cola New Year At Albertsons!!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and the Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone.  #StartYourYearRefreshed #CollectiveBias






It’s a New Year, how are you preparing for everything to come in 2017? Have you made any resolutions? Perhaps one of them includes adding healthy fruits and veggies to your meals and snacks? There’s no better way to Start Your Year Refreshed than to incorporate select Coca-Cola products and Albertsons Fresh Fruit packs.

Products like Simply Orange, Minute Maid, vitaminwater, smartwater, and POWERADE will help keep you refreshed and ready to tackle anything in the New Year!

When you buy $15 worth of these participating items*, you’ll get $4 off your Fresh Cut Fruit via Catalina at Albertsons, Safeway and other banners (Tom Thumb, Acme, Shaws, Pavillions, Star Market etc.).  $4 off can be found on receipt as a coupon/credit for your next purchase of Fresh Cut Fruit at your Albertsons banner store.

*Participating products:






  • Simply OJ 89oz





  • Minute Maid Light FDA 59oz





  • Fairlife 52oz,





  • smartwater 700ml





  • Odwalla 15.2oz





  • Suja 12oz





  • ZICO 16.9oz.





  • vitaminwater 20oz





  • smartwater 12 pk 1L





  • POWERADE 32oz.





  • Core Power 11.5oz (new!)

  • This is the display I found in my local Albertsons, at an end cap area:



    The fresh cut up fruit was right by the front door, looking all delicious and enticing as one enters, and making it easy to find.


    I know a lot of people are moving to adding more healthy options in 2017; how about you?  I know I am!

    Monday, January 2, 2017

    Now On YouTube - PopSugar Must Have Box for December 2016


    PopSugar sent me a Must Have Box for December 2016 to try and I have opened it for you on my YouTube channel.  I hope you enjoy watching and I'd be grateful if you subscribe and like the video.  2017 Is the year that I conquer youtube, so hopefully I'll just get better!!  At any rate, I think you'll like seeing all that is in this box.   Thanks for dropping by!!


    This Winter Got Me All Walkin' In A Pixi Beauty Wonderland - Holiday 2016



    You don't want to miss the Holiday 2016 offerings from Pixi Beauty.  I look forward to them every year and this year, they really knocked it out of the park, just like always.  If you've wished for a "one and done" palette, or the perfect on trend pigments, or perhaps that awesome classic red lipstick, this collection is for you.  
    holiday, fairy dust, lipstick, eye pencil, face palette,
    (A little FYI - my post got disrupted by a couple of twisting falls that would put any gymnast in great envy, I'm sure.  I may or may not need another surgery on my knee, may or may not be determined by next week, but whoa, everything had to go into slo-mo for a little bit...dr's orders.  I feel so dumb...but the Pixi collection is everything I'd hoped it to be and more and I wanted to tell you go hurry and find it!!)

    The Pixi Holiday items always sell out so fast at the Target stores in my area...I'd be kind of embarrassed to tell you how many times, and how many times a day that I was going to search for these.  I was thrilled when they arrived at my door.  I'd been showing them off quite a bit on social media as I wore them non-stop to develop my opinion for you.  You may still be able to find them in your local Target, well, especially the ones that are regular stock.

    First up is the Palette Rosette, or Rosy Radiance,  Face Palette, $28.  This palette contains 8 eye shades, three for brows, and three face colors.  The lid marks each with the suggested use, making this a perfect gift for any level of makeup artistry, from beginner to expert.

    holiday, fairy dust, lipstick, eye pencil, face palette,

    Take this with you to the gym or work and you can use this one palette to go from day to nighttime with ease.  I love that it comes with the three brow hues on the bottom.  You have a light, medium and dark, a blonde, a warm tone and a cool tone all within the three colors.  This allows you to perfectly match your brows.

    holiday, fairy dust, lipstick, eye pencil, face palette,

    Here are swatches of the brow tones:

    holiday, fairy dust, lipstick, eye pencil, face palette,

    I'm going to interrupt my swatches for a second.  Pixi had also sent me some items to be able to create a #FlawlessInFive face.  These go perfectly with my Palette Rosette looks.  You might have seen the following picture on Instagram.

    holiday, fairy dust, lipstick, eye pencil, face palette,

    From left to right are the Endless Silky Eye Pen in Graphite Greige, ($12), Endless Brow Gel Pen ($11) in Medium, black Lengthy Fiber Lash Mascara, ($16),  and the amazing Mattelustre Lipstick in Classic Red ($12).  I want to insert these items and show them in the swatches.  The eye and brow "pens" are pencils, so just use them with a sharpener to keep them fresh.  The Endless Silky Eye Pen is a non-budging liner pencil.  It's everything I've been looking for!!!  I have such a problem with one eye running from allergies and this is the only liner I've used since moving to Phoenix that doesn't budge.  Pixi sent over the Endless Eye Pen in the color Opal Overcoat to put that shine to the inner corner when wearing a fabu look.

    holiday, fairy dust, lipstick, eye pencil, face palette,


    The Endless Brow Gel Pen in medium is a perfect fit for me.  It wears very well.  It's really hard to find a medium brown tone that isn't warm.  Most medium brown pencils are too red for me, but this is a great match.  It applies with ease and doesn't skip.  I'm really happy with this one, and I love the separation and length I get from the mascara as well.  It's hard for me to believe that such top quality comes with such a low price!!


    Classic Red is a MatteLustre formula.  When these came out last year, I tried one and then another and another...you know, like potato chips.  The price is SO good but the quality is even better.  They are a comfortable matte lipstick that wears a long time and doesn't feel dry.  An absolute steal for $12!!  I already had purchased Classic Red, so I'm quite familiar with it and how perfect it is for wear with these products.  It is pictured below with the Holiday Fairy Dust sampler.

    holiday, fairy dust, lipstick, eye pencil, face palette,

    swatch, holiday, fairy dust, lipstick, eye pencil, face palette,

    And let's show some swatches:

    holiday, fairy dust, lipstick, eye pencil, face palette,

    It occurs to me know that maybe I should have labeled everything, but I think you can figure it out.  From the left, on the top row, are the three eye contours, the day/night lid shades, the highlights and Classic Red lipstick.

    holiday, fairy dust, lipstick, eye pencil, face palette,

    The bottom row, from left to right, are the three brow colors, the Enhancing Contour, Cheek Blush and All-Over Glow.  Next is the Opal and Greige Endless Silky Eye Pens, followed by the medium brown Brow pen.  Add the mascara and you have a variety of endless sophisticated looks to take you from home to office to nightlife.

    But then there are the Fairy Dusts!!  These are amazing pigments that can be used for eye shadow, wet as liner or foiled, or for a sheen of color to pop your look.  Use them on the lid or as a highlight anywhere.  I thought I had taken a million pictures of the look I did with them for my anniversary, but umm...it all went on Snapchat.  And I haven't taken others, well you know cuz I thought I had a bunch, but I'll do a subsequent post showing a look with these items.

    holiday, fairy dust, lipstick, eye pencil, face palette, favorites, pigment

    holiday, fairy dust, lipstick, eye pencil, face palette, favorites, pigment

    The Fairy Dust Favorites in this years stack are Sheer Peach Glow, True Bronze, Ruby Sheen, Sunkissed Amber and Black Pearl.  I love how they're stacked in a plastic container that you can take anywhere.  You should know that I never have fallout with these!!  Ever.  And spray a little makeup setting spray on some pigment on your brush and you have a brilliant foiled color for liner or lid, or pop in the middle of your lip for extra highlight.

    holiday, fairy dust, lipstick, eye pencil, face palette, favorites, pigment

    holiday, fairy dust, lipstick, eye pencil, face palette, favorites, pigment

    The first four pigments are high shimmer while the black is sparsly shimmered, as most people would prefer for liner.

    holiday, fairy dust, lipstick, eye pencil, face palette, favorites, pigment

    I have swatches in full sun.

    holiday, fairy dust, lipstick, eye pencil, face palette, favorites, pigment

    holiday, fairy dust, lipstick, eye pencil, face palette, favorites, pigment

    These colors are beautiful, long wearing, non-creasing, have no fallout, and completely on trend.  You can purchase full sized Fairy Dust pigments for just $10.  They're amazing.

    Now you know all the reasons I was flipping my lid all over social media about these Pixi items.  They're so pretty!  They perform so well!!  And Pixi just got me all...

    holiday, fairy dust, lipstick, eye pencil, face palette, favorites, pigment

    You can find Pixi Beauty online and in stores at Target or online on Pixi's own website.  They have free shipping at just $25!!!  That's awesome.  Be sure to follow their social media on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.   Pixi is a cruelty-free company.  I'll be covering some Pixi skincare items in the near future, and you won't want to miss that.

    What are your favorite Pixi items?  Are you fortunate enough to be able to shop at a Pixi Boutique or do you purchase at Target? 

    Thursday, December 15, 2016

    Osmosis Colour Pressed Base Mineral Foundation and Curling Mascara - My Reviews...and More


    In the picture below, we have a rare creature among beauty lovers and bloggers and it's called "pan".  Those of us who love to collect rarely see the elusive pan.  Bloggers and makeup mavens alike tend to gather so many products that it seems like we rarely use any to completion.  When a powder or cream product is truly loved, the first signs are many pictures on social media followed by the appearance of  "pan".  The act of revealing the bottom of  a product is referred to as "hitting pan".   Please pause to admire my feelings about the Osmosis Colour Pressed Mineral Base in the color Beige Light, (pictured with the e.l.f. cosmetice kabuki brush).


    I'm going to tell you more about the Pressed Base but first, let's have a little chat about the Curling Mascara, ($22).   You might have noticed that both items are housed in metallic brown plum.  It so sleek and pretty.  I really appreciate the pieces for their asthetic as well as performance.


    The curling mascara has a curved anti-gravity brush that will transform your normal lashes into fanned out, naturally looking curly lashes.


    From the website:
    "The spiral layers coat every lash for buildable volume, while the innovative cobra-shaped head provides major curl for full, astonishing lashes.  

    One of the ingredients for your lashes in this mascara is ProVitamin B5 which coats each lash and increases fullness, length and volume while moisturizing.  This is a long wearing waterproof formula and yet comes off easily as you remove your makeup.  It is my FAVORITE mascara.

    I said favorite.  Yes, I did.  Below you see an unretouched picture of one coat of the non-flaking mascara.  I have one little spot below my lower lid where I popped myself in the eye, lol.  But I assure you that this mascara doesn't flake or have any fallout as it lasts all day.  (You'll see in a minute how delightful I look without this mascara.)


     I'm going to tell you upfront that the Osmosis Colour Pressed Base Mineral Foundation is the best powder foundation I've ever used.  It isn't powdery but rather gives a nice natural finish when buffed in with a kabuki or whatever brush you'd like to use.  Other powder foundations have made me itch and left my face dry.  I have a gluten related allergy that erupts on my face with exposure and is extremely itchy but this foundation doesn't irritate it at all.  Truly amazing.  I've tried quite a few others and haven't had a lot of success.   My color is Beige Light, which is perfect for me.


    I have compared swatches to the Mac Studio Fix and Mineralized Finishing Powders that I've tried in the past.  You should note that I've never finished one of those but I will finish this one.  From left to right:
    1) Mac Studio Fix N4, which is the closest match to my Osmosis Colour Beige Light.
    2)  Mac Mineralized Medium
    3)  Osmosis Colour Pressed Base Mineral Foundation in Beige Light
    4)  A different formula of Mac Mineralized Medium Natural plus Shimmer, which matches with the other Mac Medium
    5)  Mac NW25 Studio Fix
    6)  Mac NW30 Studio Fix

    swatches

    From the Osmosis website:

     "Formulated for all skin types, the Osmosis Colour Pressed Base provides a flawless and seamless, semi-matte finish with long-lasting coverage. Natural broad-spectrum UV protection shields skin from UVA and UVB rays, helping to prevent premature aging and hyperpigmentation. It applies quickly and easily with no mess and is packaged in a stylish mirrored compact.  Gluten-Free"

    You can review the list of ingredients for each color at this link.

    There are so many reasons that I love this foundation.  It doesn't itch.  It matches well.  It's not dry, nor does it call attention to my naturally dry skin.  I can make my skin glow with a decent buff.  It has great coverage without being heavy.  It doesn't melt and diseappear in the Phoenix heat.  And more.

    I recently had a major surgery.  It was a couple of months before I really cared enough about what I looked like to bother with foundation.  The only place I went for the first few months was physical therapy, where I am working very hard to rehab my knee.  When I say very hard, I mean that it's a work out.  I can wear this powder, look ok, hide my celiac skin, and not breakout.  I tried wearing other foundations to even out my skin and the workouts made me break out, but not so with this one.  That's HUGE.  I already have problems with my skin from the gluten allergy, I certainly don't need pimples too!

    The first day I wore it, I went to snapchat at night after checking the wear.  I've talked about this a lot on Snap.  All my followers know how I feel about it.


    One day I met with a friend who works for a large cosmetic brand that is known for it's glowing skin products.  She told me that my skin looked fantastic and wanted to know what I was using.  I told her and she asked how on earth my skin was glowing with a powder foundation.  RIGHT?  It's counter-intuitive, but I'm telling you, my skin can have a nice healthy glow with this foundation without it being heavy, itchy or making me breakout!!


    I'm wearing no mascara in this picture.  No highlighter, no blush, some lip balm and that's it.  I had a gluten exposure before this picture so I have a major outbreak, but with a little color correcter and this pressed base, you'd never know.  It hides all my secrets!!!! It's like a best friend that you can share the worst of yourself with and it will never reveal those things to anyone.  Who wouldn't love that???

    Osmosis has so many outstanding products.  I'd really encourage you to check out their website and sign up to get the blog posts delivered to your mailbox.  I've learned a lot of general really helpful information from reading it.  Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.  I think you'll love the skincare and color products.  I know I do!

    Have you experienced Osmosis yet?



    Monday, November 28, 2016

    Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum Review


    My favorite skincare ingredient is retinol, with Vitamin C running second.  Imagine having both of those anti-aging incredients in one product!  I was so happy to find out  Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum, (1.18 fl oz / $35), has both of these potent ingredients and more.  It is a cruelty-free, vegan friendly, USA made brand and is formulated with natural ingredients.  I've enjoyed other items from the brand and was really happy to sample this as I was completely out of retinol.  I'm pleased to report that I really like this product and I'll tell you why.


    This retinol serum is housed in a dark glass bottle, which keeps it protected from light.  It is delivered with a dropper to control how much serum you wish to use.  The retinol serum is a white fluid which is a conditioning formula.  I could tell from the first touch that it would be a moisturizing type of retinol serum.  I really, and I mean really, like that kind of retinol delivery because it's safe even for sensitive skin.


    The ingredients include:
    Retinol, (Vit A), which works at the cellular leval to reduce wrinkles, increase collagen production, manage breakouts and evens out skin discolorations.

    Vitamin E, a moisturizing ingredient that provides intense hydration to help reduce the drying effects of retinol.

    Vitamin C boosts the effects of the retinol.  It is also a powerful anti-oxidant which works to reduce free radicals left by the environment, and helps prevent pre-mature aging.

    Squalene, which happens to be derived from pure natural olive oil and helps to moisturize the skin.

    The full ingredient list is as follows:
    Deionized Aqua (Water), Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (botanical hyaluronic acid), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Olive Oil Squalene, Retinol, Tocopheryl Acetate (sunflower based Vitamin E), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid,  Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), Wildcrafted Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Wildcrafted Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion), Wildcrafted Geranium Maculatum (Wild Geranium), Pentylene Glycol, Phospholipids, Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Phosphate, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol

    Valentia says this serum will diminish wrinkles, stimulate collagen, improve skin tone, manage breakouts and condition the skin.  It is my opinion, from using this serum, that the Night Revive Retinol Serum ABSOLUTELY delivers on the claims.  I've been really pleased with it and I find it does everything that it says it will.

    It takes very little product to be effective so it's going to last you a long time.  I'm really happy with it.  The only suggestion I would make to the company is to put this in a pump top type of container so that it is light free on administration.  Please use sunscreen always, but especially when using a retinol product.

    You can purchase the Valentia Night Revive Retinol serum on Amazon. and the Valentia website.  You can check the website for more information and skincare products.  Be sure to follow them on Instagram.  Valentia backs all their products with a money back guarantee - they are that sure of their products....and I am too!!

    *Powered by Brandbacker*

    Sunday, November 27, 2016

    November 2016 PopSUGAR Must Have Box Unboxing!!!! #MustHaveBox



    The PopSUGAR Must Have Box for November is here!!!  I wanted to unbox it on YouTube but our internet provider has had severe outages for about a week.  We had the fixer dude over today and he wiggled some things, and put some boxes on some other things...but he was too late for me to upload, so we're doing it live here on my blog.  If you watch any of my social media channels, you probably already know that I'm going to say that you should subscribe.  Use the code SHOP5 and save $5 off your first month.  This makes a great gift to so many on your list!!!  They'll think of you all year as they open each monthly edition.  Well, let's take a look at November's box full of special items!!!


    You'll notice the biggest item in the box is the AJs Goods handcrafted metal display bowl.   It is elegant in it's simplicity and is handmade in India!  The bowl will hold all your fruit, bread or gadgets and retails for $35 on alicejanegoods.com.

    The snack this month is Toffee Butter Popcorn, ($2.99 at oogiesgourmet.com), and is gluten-free.  This all natural treat is the perfect comfort munchie in this fall month...or anytime, if you ask me. Here is all the nutrient and ingredient information.


    A really cool little goodie included in the box is a set of Meri Meri star shaped party picks.  Oh gosh, if you're a blogger, you KNOW you're going to use these as fodder for the background of your pictures!!  It's like BOOM!  So much inspiration!!!  If you host holiday parties, you'll enjoy using these fun and sparkly picks.  You can purchase them for $8 at shopmerimeri.com.  Silver AND gold to match all your parties!


    I can't wait any longer!!  I have to tell you about the Kendra Scott bracelet that's included this month.  Hello!?!?!  A KENDRA SCOTT BRACELET!!!!  You can find it for approximately $53 on ShopStyle.com.  It's a delicate mother-of-pearl type shiny bauble in a rose-gold setting and chain that is adjusted to fit with a unique moveable bead on a chain like I've never seen before.


    It's pretty and it's delicate, which I like.  I wear clunky bracelets too, but my wrist is small and I love to wear a bracelet like this alone or paired with others.  Do you see the middle bead there?


    It's SO easy to slide the strands or the bead to wear you want it to adjust the length as you put it on and wear it.  I can do this one-handed.  Not so easy with other type closures.  And once you tighten it up, the dangly beaded ends of the bracelet are really pretty.

    jewelry

    Ok, so now....that's right, there's even more!  For just $39 per month.  The value is unbelievable.  The next item is a Pehr chambray table runner in off-white and wine.  It retails for $44 at us.pehrdesigns.com.  You can find more beautiful Pehr table top couture on ShopStyle.  I want to show you the flat lay picture that was included in the PopSugar card that tells about the items.


    I haven't opened the runner yet.  I'm debating using it as the base for a gift, although it does make for excellent flat lay pictures!!  We don't have a diningroom table, or any surface large enough for this...however, Instagram....hmmm...It's about 14" wide by 90" long.  It's pretty!

    And finally, we have the cosmetic item from the box.  Yahoo!!  From Stowaway Cosmetics is the Dawn To Dusk eyeshadow palette.  Can you imagine a better palette to take with you on a vacay?  It retails for $25 on stowawaycosmetics.com.  It is a small palm-sized palette, slightly larger than a credit card, and contains everything you need for day or nighttime looks.

    makeup, eyeshadow


    Stowaway Cosmetics calls this "Right Sized Essentials", stating that these items are just the right size that you'll be able to carry and use up.  I like that idea!!!  I wish all shadow palettes were small so that I could actually use them up.

    So there you have this month's box.  But wait!!!  As a bonus, there are three discount cards included.  Pehr, Kendra Scott, and Stowaway Cosmetics have all included cards with generous bonuses just in time for holiday shopping!!!  These codes alone would be worth the price of the subscription box, but no, there is SO MUCH MORE.  The November 2016 box has a retail value of approxmately $165, not including what you'll save with the coupons.

    Are you loving these PopSugar Must Have monthly boxes?  I sure am.  Some of my favorite products of the year have come to me through PopSugar's Must Have boxes.  They're things I might not have purchased myself because I either didn't know about them or thought they were too expensive to treat myself.  The value each month is outstanding; far above the monthly fee.

    You can sign up, either for yourself or someone else, at this link and be sure to use the SAVE5 code to save $5 off the first month's box.  You can follow PopSugar on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  What about you?  Have you signed up yet?  Which item is your favorite?  I can't decide if I'm more in love with the bracelet, the bowl or the eyeshadow palette.  Let me know yours!!


    ** My thanks to PopSUGAR for this Must Have Box to try  **

    Tuesday, November 22, 2016

    Kick Winter Woes Away With BenGay And My 10 Piece Winter Toolkit For Your Family


    I have received information and materials from Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc, McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division.  The opinions stated are my own.  This is a sponsored post.  

    This shop has been compenstated by Collective Bias, Inc and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone.  #WinOverWinter #CollectiveBias


    After each autmn, winter creeps in.  Sometimes with gusto and sometimes accompanied by the illnesses that seem to plague our families in the chilly season.  I like to prepare each of my family members by building winter toolkits that they can keep bedside and in the car to combat winter's sniffles and aches while providing familiar comfort.   BenGay is central to our care kits for all that pains us, along with Extra Strength Tylenol.  I'd like to invite you to build your winter toolkit along with me.

    The first step is to head out to Target, where I pick up Ultra Strength BenGay, Extra Strength Tylenol, lip balms, tissues and more.   Don't you just feel so welcome there with such a cheery entry?



    You can find the BenGay and Tylenol in the front of the store, either to the left or right as you enter, and right by the pharmacy.  Head past the Beauty aisles to the Heathcare section.





    In my closest Target, I can purchase Tylenol in aisle 37, directly in front of the pharmacy.  Look at all the varieties!



    Just on the other side of 36 is aisle 37, where I can find the Ultra Strength BenGay.  I was fortunate on this particular day to find that it had a coupon!!!  37 is still directly in front of the pharmacy.



    My winter toolkit begins with these two items and contains a few more that I'd like to suggest for your winter survival as well.  These have been essential to my family's health for years.  My guys are  dependant on me to make them winter toolkits that they can use at bedside, in the bathroom and in the car.  Let's take a look at these and why they are our favorites.



    In our toolkits:

    1)  Ultra Strength BenGay.  I started using this after workouts in high school.  I had a lot of sore muscles and joint fatigue from the heavy strength training and long hours running and it became essential to me then.  I've continued to use it for the rest of my life and having just come off knee replacement surgery, BenGay is essential to my comfort during recovery.  The doctors gave me a prescription pain ointment, which has been the ultimate fail.  Not so with BenGay.  I use it every day and apply it far fewer times throughout the day than I ever did the rx.  It works.  It soothes the muscle and arthritis pains.

    During winter a couple of years ago, my son contracted mono while at college.  If you've ever had it, you know how ultimately miserable it is.  And how easy it spreads.  My husband got it almost immediately.  Having had it as a teen, I was free to administer a LOT, and I mean a lot of BenGay thru the next year.  The muscle aches of mono are terrible!!!  We treated them with BenGay applied to the skin and Extra Strength Tylenol...which brings me to the next item in the list.

    2.)  Extra Strength Tylenol.  This is something I also started taking as a teenager when I had muscle aches or headaches.  My husband and son depend on it for pain relief as well.  Tylenol is a staple in our winter toolkits and was especially essential during the mono year.  Phew.  I don't know what we would have done without it.

    3.)  Peppermint Tea:   My whole family also loves peppermint tea when we're sick, have a belly ache, or just because.  My guys like it with a little honey, which helps a sore throat.  If your sinuses are feeling lousy, breath in the hot steam because peppermint not only soothes the tummy but it also helps clear sinuses.

    4)  Candy Canes:  The delicious wintertime candy is also part of my winter relief toolkits for the same reason that the tea is.  I put it in the car kits not only for the tummy and sinus benefits, but because you never know if you'll need a little extra breath freshening while you're out and about town.

    5)  Favorite Candle:  I put these in the bathroom kit.  Who doesn't, right?  If we had small children, I would limit the access to it but we're all adults in my home.  A favorite scent can be very calming when someone isn't feeling well.




    6)  Tissues:  Tissues are an everytime essential but especially for the winter toolkit.  There's something fun about getting cute wintery patterns for something a little special.

    7)  Hand Sanitizer:  You know how quickly a virus can run through a household.  We use hand sanitizer for post-sneezing and nose blowing to try to stop the spread.  I put it in the car toolkits so that we can keep healthy around town touching various public door handles and shopping carts, etc.  Prevention is key to a good winter.

    8)  Allergy Treatment:  This item is just for me.  My allergies are terrible here in the winter.  I'm allergic to five large trees that bloom outside the bedroom during the winter.  I never had bad allergies before we moved here, so this is a newer addition to my own personal bedside winter survival kit.

    The last item, and we use a lot of it, is pictured in one of the car kits below:





    10.)  Lip Balm:  I like to use cute silly little lip balms in winter, with all the arctic characters.  It's just fun.  But my gosh, winter wind and air is so drying to the skin and lips that we all use a lot of these especially during winter.  I buy my guys regular looking balms, but for me...well, too cute to resist.

    One thing to remember when building your toolkit and deciding where to store them is the ages of the residents of your home.  If you have small children, you need to keep the items high enough that they can't reach them.  BenGay should only be used by adults and children 12 or older to temporarily relieve the pain of backache, strain, sprain and arthritis.  Don't leave candles burning on the bathroom counter.

    Also take into account what your climate is.  When I lived in Alaska, we never left BenGay in the car during the winter, and here in Arizona, during summer, we don't leave any of this but tissues in the car.  Everything else could be ruined or melt!

    Do you build your family a winter survival toolkit? What's in yours?  I'd love to hear what your winter essentials are!

    ShareThis

     
    Blogging tips