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Beauty Swellness: Live Clean GIVEAWAY!

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And another one! Yes, another giveaway!

I’m giving away a Live Clean prize package (approximate value $100).  I’ve long been a fan of this brand (I blogged about their sulphate-free shampoos in 2011). Although I don’t use only plant-based, chemical-free products, I have tried out many and Live Clean is one that I would happily use regularly (I’m always trying a lot of different products for work, but I always ask myself if this product is one I would buy regularly if I weren’t testing out different products and this one makes the cut).

Live Clean is Canadian (oh Canada!), and their products are ones you can trust to be effective but also eco-conscious and without any potentially harmful ingredients. Their shampoos are paraben-, SLS- and phthalate-free, for example, and their facial cleansing wipes are fantastic for travel. I haven’t tried all of their products so I’m excited to try out their SPF and their new Foaming Hand Washes. Oh, and the whole line is in pleasing packaging (a key consideration IMO when you have to have hand soap, for example, prominently displayed at your sink).

So I’m excited to try more of their products, and you should be excited, too, because you could win $100-worth of Live Clean products. The prize includes so many great products, including a few products for babies (I bet I could use that Baby Wash on my fur baby, Billie Jean…).

Here’s the rundown on what the winner will receive:

  • Live Clean Mineral Clay Rebalancing Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioner Spray
  • Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Body Lotion
  • Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Liquid Hand Soap
  • Live Clean Foaming Hand Wash: White Tea & Cherry and Vanilla Bean & Coconut
  • Live Clean Baby Soothing Oatmeal Relief Tearless Baby Wash
  • Live Clean Baby Soothing Oatmeal Relief Baby Lotion
  • Live Clean Sport Mineral Sunscreen Spray SPF 30
How to enter? Here you go:

Check out my Instagram post of the Live Clean giveaway and enter there (details on the IG post). But you can get an additional entry by commenting on this blog post about which of the products listed above you’re most interested in trying out.

This giveaway ends at 5 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 24, 2019. It is open to Canadian residents. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on my Instagram Stories on Monday, February 25, 2019.  The prize is awarded as is.

Aaaand stay tuned for more giveaways!

6 Comments February 19, 2019

Healthy Swellness: My 100-nights of Endy review

 

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Finally, my sleeping beauty report! If you recall, a few months ago I partnered with Endy and received an Endy mattress, pillows and sheets to try out.

This Canadian-owned mattress company has a 100-night trial for all of their customers, which I think is a great bonus since who can tell from a brief lie-down that a mattress offers what you like in a mattress?

And I was especially grateful for this risk-free trial period with the Endy mattress because it took me about a month until I was truly enjoying this mattress. I had high expectations from the get-go, because everyone I knew who has an Endy seems to adore it so much. And my first few weeks, I wasn’t digging it and I couldn’t see how my experience was so different.

For several weeks, I felt super aware that it was not the coil-type mattress I’d grown up with, and as a result I felt like I’d wake up in the night and would get up in the morning feeling out of sorts. Not in pain but with my muscles feeling a bit ache-y, as though my body was just slightly off kilter. And, I worried I’d made the wrong mattress choice (even though, yes, I was still in the trial period).

Over time, though, I noticed that the general aches subsided (keep in mind, those aches may have been tied to other factors such as my running and workout regimen), and I was growing to love the Endy mattress. It offers enough firmness that when you sit on the edge of the mattress, it doesn’t sink, and yet when you lie down it has a great plushness. That nice give, though, is just the right amount, as it also offers a level of firmness I look for in a mattress. The mattress’s comfort and firmness is thanks to its open air cell structure, which provides support while reucing pressure but also contouring to your body. I look forward now to jumping into bed each night. As you can see in the photo above, Billie Jean very much enjoys the Endy as well!

While the mattress took some time to adjust to, I loved the Endy pillows immediately. I left them as is (you can adjust how plush and full they are by removing or adding foam to the pillow core) and they offer the support my head and neck needs. As someone who has often suffered from neck pain, I really appreciate these pillows doing exactly what I need them to do.

The Endy sheets are also a dream. They’re ultra soft and feel great on your skin, and I love that there is the Endy name embroidered on one end so you can easily identify what direction to put the sheet onto your mattress.

My advice to you if you’re interested in the Endy: Make full use of the 100-night trial because the adjustment period may be longer than you expect. And definitely get a set of the sheets as well. The pillows are probably a bit more subjective, but worth trying out (Endy offers a 60-night trial on the pillows so it’s risk-free, too!).

While I’m still working on improving my sleep habits (although I have managed to get to bed before midnight a few times in the last few months!), the sleep I am having is cozy and comfortable and providing the rest and recovery I need. I have the good sleeping set-up, now just need to work on better habits.

Have you switched to an Endy? What’s your experience been with this foam mattress? And here’s something fun if you want to buy an Endy: I’ve got a discount code for you! Use the code KAREN50 and you’ll save $50 off of anysize Endy mattress. Enjoy!

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Leave a Comment June 13, 2018

Healthy Swellness: Making sleep a priority

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Although I’ve gone through periods of insomnia, for the most part, I”m a pretty good sleeper. I fall asleep quickly, and generally stay asleep through the night. My main issue is that I don’t make sleep a priority. I’m naturally a night owl and spoke to sleep experts a couple of years ago about this, and one doctor noted that my main problem is just not valuing sleep enough.

And he is right about that. I always see more things to get done on my to-do list, or there’s another TV show I want to watch, or maybe there’s something super, super important someone posted on Instagram that I must see ASAP (PSA: there never is). And yet I continue to struggle with making sleep a priority, and that’s even knowing that my body needs that downtime to recuperate. Knowing that it’d help with my running. And knowing it’d help me feel refreshed for the day instead of like I need an IV of coffee to get me feeling human.

And so, this year I’m looking to make sleep more of a priority. Self care is so important and I need to make that my focus. My goal is to get a good eight-hours of sleep a night, on a regular schedule. This will not be an easy task; I’ve been struggling with this ever since writing that article about being a night owl.

But I’m going to approach it with a plan now. I’m going to set an alarm to remind me to start winding my night down with taking Billie Jean for her evening walk, doing my nighttime beauty routine, etc. And I’m going to make my bedroom a sleeping haven with a new mattress and pillows. My current mattress is probably about a decade old and there’s definitely at least one spring out of place.

To replace it, I’m welcoming an Endy mattress and pillows into my home. Why Endy? To start, I like that there’s a 100-day trial period; I’ve always found it hard to judge from a quick lie-down in a store. This Canadian company (another selling point!) also features three layers of foam, which I hear are medium firm (I tend to prefer a decent level of firmness). Another standout feature? I run really warm; I’m not a furnace like I used to be (that was thanks to my overactive thyroid) but still warmer than most folks.So Endy’s top layer, infused with cooling gel, is designed to release body heat. Plus, its foam is non-temperature-sensitive—so while other foam mattresses sink in the summer and feel like a rock in the winter, Endy retains the same firmness year-round.

Stay tuned for updates on how it goes with my new soon-to-arrive Endy and whether I become the sleeping beauty I aim to become.

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Also, this probably calls for some cute new pyjamas, too, don’t you think? I’ve been coveting the Sleep Shirt for more than a  year now…

Disclosure: I am an Endy partner and am receiving Endy products for review.

1 Comment January 22, 2018

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