Living Healthy: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Everyone knows that getting enough sleep is an important factor in staying healthy, but there are other factors than just getting 8 hours in. Let’s talk a little bit about Living Healthy, and how to get a good night’s sleep.

Everyone knows that you SHOULD get at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night, but with kids, working extra hours on the job, household chores, and errands sometimes it’s hard to get to bed at a reasonable hour. You should really make your best effort to get your ZZZs, because your health can really suffer if you can’t make the time.  Not practicing healthy sleep habits can lead to all kinds of health problems, poor sleep leads to cardiovascular dysfunction, a poor immune system , glucose and insulin abnormalities, weight gain due to fluctuating hormones that control appetite, and impaired cognitive function. Not only those physical problems, but lack of sleep can also lead to mental issues as well, including anxiety, depression, impaired reasoning skills, and mental sluggishness.

Well, what can you do to get not only the quantity but also the quality of sleep that you need? There are a few things that are fairly obvious such as cutting down on caffeine (especially after 3 PM), keeping your bedroom dark and comfortable, and clearing your mind of troubles and worries before you attempt to drift off.

However, there are some lesser known tips and tricks to get a better night’s sleep that I will share with you. For instance, did you know that using your tablet and smartphone right before you try to sleep can hinder the process? The light that is emitted by these types of devices wake up the senses and make it harder for your brain to get into “sleep mode.” For your best night’s sleep turn off your electronic devices about an hour before bedtime. Another great trick to getting a good night’s sleep is to keep a fan going in your bedroom all night. The fan serves two purposes – It’s easier to fall asleep when your room is a bit on the cooler side, and the fan also provides just the right amount of “white noise” to help you block out every little creak and crack that your house makes at night.

 

I hope this article helps you on a journey to better sleeping habits. If you’re interested in getting some new soothing items for your bedroom, including the fan that I recommended head on over to DealDash. If you browse the Home & Office   category I’m sure that you’ll find something that you just love. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

 

 

 

The Endless Summer Days of DealDash

How’s your summer going? Have you done anything special? Well, DealDash has something special going on right now called Endless Summer.

Sounds fun, right? What would you do if you had a totally endless summer? I’m the type of person who can’t take the hot weather, so I like to stay inside until dusk, then get out the mosquito-killing tiki torches and hang out outside on my deck.

 

We also love to grill out almost every night in the summer. Burgers, chicken, steaks, even pineapple is great on the grill. Here’s the easiest and most delicious recipe for grilled pineapple:

Ingredients

1 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 pineapple – peeled, cored, and cut into 6 wedges

Directions

  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  2. Whisk brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl. Pour sugar mixture into a large resealable plastic bag. Place pineapple wedges in bag and shake to coat each wedge.
  3. Grill pineapple wedges on the preheated grill until heated through, 3 to 5 minutes per side.

See! Easy and so delicious, too. One of the best things about cooking out on the grill is there’s hardly any mess to clean up. No pots and pans to wash, and if you’re going to be eating outside you might as well use paper plates, too.

Another favorite summer activity of almost everyone I know is swimming. No matter if your pool is big or small, just about everyone loves to cool off in a pool when the summer weather gets hot.

Swim N' Play 15ft x 36in Above Ground Pool with Port Hole

However, as fun as swimming pools are, please remember your basic pool safety rules. An adult should always be actively watching children while they are in a pool. For infants and toddlers, an adult should be in the water and within arm’s reach, providing reassurance as well as an arm to grab onto if needed.  For older children, an adult should be paying constant attention and free from distractions, like talking on the phone, socializing, tending household chores, or drinking alcohol. The supervising adult must know how to swim. If these simple safety rules are followed everyone should be able to stay safe and happy!

Of course, DealDash is always my go-to fun activity in any season. Go check out the Hobbies, Outdoors, & Sports category on DealDash and see if there’s something that you and your family can use for some Endless Summer fun. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY 4th of JULY from DealDash & Coleman

What activities do you think about when you think about the 4th of July? Grilling? Camping? All things outdoors?

Coleman has products for the whole family to enjoy the 4th of July together. Let’s start with grills! Do you ever travel to a relative’s house for the 4th of July only to find out that they don’t have a grill? Well, not to worry! Coleman makes an awesome portable grill that you can travel with. Be it to the relatives, tailgating, or camping, the Coleman Roadtrip LXX Grill is what you need for grilling on the go.

Coleman Grill-Top Coffeemaker

Speaking of camping, do you ever go camping on 4th of July weekend? One of my closest friends is going camping up in New Hampshire for the long weekend, and I told her about an awesome Coleman product that she HAS to pick up before she goes — The Grilltop Camping Coffeemaker! The camping coffeemaker is one of the best camping “luxuries” that I can think of,  camping coffeemaker the brews drip coffee just like you have at home, and it’s compatible with two- and three-burner camp stoves. You can also use the camping coffeemaker as a warmer for hot cocoa, hot cider or instant soup. The solid steel base can be placed atop a burner for delicious drip coffee without grinds, spills or messes. The Coleman Coffeemaker’s removable, swing-out filter basket lets you change out coffee flavor or customize coffee strength, just like you would at home.

If you’re going to be camping make sure you pick up some essential gear – Coleman has a great selection of sleeping bags, coolers, lanterns, and more! Make sure that you are getting the best items that you can easily afford, being comfortable out in the wild is priceless!

Camping isn’t everyone’s idea of a fun 4th of July, of course. If your idea of fun centers more around home than the wilderness then you could give the Coleman Back Home 12’x10′ Instant Screened Canopy a try. It’s a great portable shelter that is very easy to set up and takes less than three minutes to assemble. It’s great for an afternoon at the lake, tailgating at the football game, or even just in your backyard at home. Worried about eating your 4th of July hot dogs and burgers amidst the bees and bugs? The Coleman Canopy comes with an accessory screen that protects you from insects and dust – now pass the burgers over!

 

 

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If you’re ready to have a great 4th of July celebration at home or at a campsite, head on over to DealDash. There are great Coleman auctions starting soon. Be sure that you have enough bids in your account to stack your Bid Buddy up to the Buy It Now (BIN) price. Just remember, if you don’t win the auction you can always BIN the item and get all of your bids back instantly. Good luck and happy bidding everyone.

 

 COleman

 

Petco -Where the Pets Go

What do most DealDashers have in common? Pets!!

At least, reading people’s little bios and looking at so many different pet avatars it would seem like most DealDashers have at least one pet, if not more. I’ve seen bios referring to cats, dogs, birds, and even some more exotic pets like lizards and goats! I don’t personally have any exotic pets like that, but I do have two tanks of saltwater fish. And I don’t know about you, but the very first place I think of when it comes to getting pet supplies is Petco!

Petco has just about every item that I have ever needed or wanted, and even more items that I didn’t even know existed until I saw them in the store. They have pet supplies for just about every pet including your average cat, dog, and fish but also ferrets, rats, turtles, hermit crabs, and more!

When you think of a national chain pet store you might think that their offices are only thinking about the “bottom line”, but Petco is actually has a “Think Adoption First” philosophy, which means they always recommend that anyone who is looking to add a new pet to their family to first consider adopting a companion animal in need of a new home, rather than purchasing one – even from a Petco store. Petco and the Petco Foundation work with more than 8,000 local animal-welfare partners to find homes for more than 250,000 animals every year through in-store adoption events. Petco has never sold dogs or cats. They do however have ferrets, hamsters, bunnies, and more available to purchase.

In case this is the first time that you have heard about the Petco Foundation, They are an independent nonprofit organization, and they have raised more than $125 million since it was created in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. Petco and the Petco Foundation work with and support thousands of local animal welfare groups across the country to host in-store adoption events and help find homes for adoptable dogs, cats, and other companion animals. That’s what I call “Thinking Adoption First.”

My favorite thing about Petco versus the other major pet retailer in my area is that Petco actually has saltwater fish and corals. I can get the exact same type of Clownfish (Ocellaris) for $10 at Petco that I could also get at my local fish store, except they charge almost double the price! I will go with the $10 Petco Clownfish every time. Also, Petco has consistently lower prices on dry goods such as salt mix, fish food, and fish medications. I foolishly bought a coral medication at my local fish store over the weekend for $24.99, and when I compared the price at Petco today I realized that I could have gotten it $5 cheaper. Lesson learned – check the Petco price before buying anything at a local shop.

$10 PETCO Gift Cards

Luckily for us pet-loving DealDashers DealDash now has Petco gift cards available! They come in $10 and $25 denominations, and you can spend the gift cards in store as well as online. They are really convenient, and since I know that I am always going to have an occasion to spend $10 or $25 in Petco I always bid them up to the limit. Give it a try, you never know when you might get lucky!

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Oster – Affordable and Quality Kitchenware

Oster makes high-quality kitchenware that won’t leave your wallet burning like your Mother-in-Law’s cooking.

Thinking about last night’s dinner, how about we imagine what Oster kitchenware you might have used to prepare it. Did you use your 22-piece Oster Baldwyn knife set to chop your veggies? This is really a beautiful stainless steel knife set that would look great in any modern kitchen. Here’s what’s included:

  • 6-1/2″ santoku knife, 8″ chef knife, 6″ chef knife, 8″ carving knife, 3″ bird’s beak paring knife, 3-1/2″ paring knife, 6″ utility knife, 6″ boning knife, 6″ cleaver
  • Eight 4-1/2″ steak knives
  • 6″ fork, scissors
  • Sharpening steel, rubberwood block

Oster Baldwyn 22-Piece Knife Set, Stainless-Steel

After chopping your veggies you might have realized that you just couldn’t get your herbs chopped up fine enough so you brought out your Oster 12-Speed Metallic Gray Blender with 3-Cup Food Processor. That was a wise move on your part, because you can chop and grind with the sharp, resilient stainless steel blade, and it even has 450 watts of power! It also has a an all-metal drive system, instead of plastic, to make the Oster blender more durable and long lasting. The BPA-free food processor accessory features a large-capacity, 3-cup bowl, perfect for chopping, mixing and mincing vegetables, nuts and more.

Oster 12-Speed Metallic Gray Blender with 3-Cup Food Processor

After everything was chopped and ready to go you tossed it all into the 12″ x 12″ Oster DuraCeramic electric skillet and let Oster help you finish up dinner. You love how the DuraCeramic coating resists flaking and peeling to ensure lasting use, facilitates food removal, and is even PFOA- and PTFE-free to keep your family safe.

Oster DuraCeramic 12x12 Electric Skillet, Charcoal

Dinner is served! Delicious!

Whatever dinner you might have been craving Oster has the tool to help you create it.

If you’re interested in learning a little history about the Oster company, you might be interested to know that Oster started out as The John Oster Manufacturing Company, they were a  maker of small appliances. The Oster brand is continued today as a trademark of Sunbeam Products.

The company was started in 1924 by John Oster, manufacturing manually powered hair clippers designed to cut men’s hair. John Oster Manufacturing Company was established in the garage of John Oster in Racine, WI.

In 1946, in order to diversify, the John Oster Manufacturing Company bought the Stevens Electric Company, which had received a patent on the liquefying blender in 1922. After the acquisition, the brand “Osterizer” was adopted for these blenders. In 1960, Oster Manufacturing was acquired by Sunbeam.

I hope you and your family enjoy Oster products as much as my family does. Head on over to DealDash and check out what Oster products are coming up soon. And remember, if you don’t end up winning the product you want you can always BIN (Buy it Now) and get all of your bids back. Good luck everyone!

Oster

 

 

Enjoying the Outdoors with Ozark Trail

If you’re like me, you are planning some fun outdoors activities with your family this summer. Some of the best family trips I remember taking when I was a kid have something to do with camping!

Be it a full-on camping vacation or just a night out under the stars in your backyard, camping is great for making lasting memories with your family.  If you are looking for a great tent to get you started, try an Ozark Trail tent. Ozark Trail is a well-known brand name on the camping circuit, having been around for quite a while. Ozark Trail tents offer a range of tents for various camping purposes, which include among others differing sizes of cabin tents for the family camping trip such as the 4-Person Tunnel Tent or for those that require a little more space, try the Ozark Trail 10-Person Tent , a true family tent which offers spacious accommodation for large groups such as extended family and friends.

Ozark Trail 10-Person 3-Room Cabin Tent w/ Front Porch

If you’re a camping “newbie” here are a few helpful hints and tricks to get you started in the right direction-

  • Make sure that you stay hydrated, Three to five quarts of water per day will prevent dehydration, which can cause headaches, nausea and muscle cramps.
  • Even if it’s hot during the day it can get chilly at night. Fill your water bottle with boiling hot water, wrap it in a towel, and put it in your sleeping bag a few minutes before you climb in. This makes for toasty warm sleeping quarters.
  • Practice pitching your tent before you leave. Even though  Ozark Trail brand tents are easy to assemble it will give you peace of mind to know that you can successfully pitch your tent before you leave for your trip.
  • If comfort is a must, consider a cot system and a larger tent. They require more room, but cots paired with pads and a sleeping bag can make for a wonderful night’s sleep.
  • If cots aren’t your thing, be sure to at least put a tarp on the ground before you pitch your tent, it will provide a slight cushion as well as protecting you from dampness.

Camping isn’t everyone’s passion, of course. If your idea of fun centers more around home than the wilderness then you could give Ozark Trail‘s Express Canopy a try. It’s a great portable shelter that’s easy to put up and take down. It’s great for an afternoon at the lake, tailgating at the football game, or even just in your backyard at home. My personal favorite use for the Express Canopy is in the backyard as a sun shade for my kids when they play outside in the summer. There’s nothing worse than cranky kids with sunburns, and the Express Canopy shades them from the sun but still let’s them play with all of the fun outdoor summer toys like the sandbox and water table.

Ozark Trail 9 x 9 Slant Leg Express Canopy / Gazebo

It doesn’t matter if tent camping or a canopy in the backyard is more your style, I think that we can all agree that  Ozark Trail Chair or the Ozark Trail camping chair could be useful in both situations. They are both light, portable chairs that are weatherproof and comfortable to sit on. These chairs are great to stick in your trunk if you’re going to the beach. They fold almost flat like an umbrella and pop right open ready to sit on.

camping

If you’re ready to explore the world (or just your own backyard!) Head on over to DealDash. There are great Ozark Trail auctions starting soon. Be sure that you have enough bids in your account to stack your Bid Buddy up to the Buy It Now (BIN) price. Just remember, if you don’t win the auction you can always BIN the item and get all of your bids back instantly. Good luck and happy bidding everyone.

 

 

Beats By Dr. Dre – A flawless and iconic fit for YOU

Do you love music? Me too! Who doesn’t? My music sounds best on Beats By Dr. Dre, and I bet yours will, too.

There are a few different styles of Beats By Dr. Dre, let’s start with my personal favorite:

Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats Sport Headphone

Beats By Dr. Dre Powerbeats Sport Headphones – It’s a mouthful to say, but they are really quite small and fit perfectly in your ears for when you are working out or just trying to drown out the noises at work or at home. My favorite part about the Powerbeats Sport Headphones is they have a small adjustable ear clips that are engineered to stay put during all levels of movement. And I can attest to this fact- normal ear buds just don’t fit my ears correctly and always end up falling out if I move around too much, but my Powerbeats Sport Headphones have never fallen out due to the ear clips.

urBeats In-Ear Headphones by Beats By Dr. Dre, Black

Beats By Dr. Dre urBeats headphones – Speaking of ear buds, here are Dr. Dre’s version. These ear buds come multiple sized ear tips, and help block distractive noise and have a lightweight design that makes them ideal for listening during exercise, travel, or just about any activity. Not only can you listen to music with these ear buds, they also have a built in microphone that enables hands-free phone calls and lets you easily switch between songs and incoming calls. These headphones also work with online voice and video chats when used with your Apple® iPod® touch or iPhone. Unfortunately my ears are not compatible with these and I had to give mine away! They had great sound though, and my niece loves them.

Beats by Dr. Dre MIXR Black Headphones

Beats by Dr. Dre Beats Mixr on-ear headphones – These headphones are extremely comfortable, they have soft leatherette ear pads that provides comfort during extended listening sessions. The ear cups pivot up to 270° to enable single-ear monitoring and offer a secure fit. And just as the urBeats headphones above, these headphones also work with online voice and video chats when used with your Apple® iPod® touch or iPhone.

Beats By Dr. Dre New Beats Studio Over Ear Headphones, Red

Beats By Dr. Dre New Beats Studio Over Ear Headphones – They say that these headphones are powerful enough to block out a jet engine! Yet they are powered by just a pair of AAA batteries. The noise cancellation feature in a pair of Beats Studio headphones amplifies the music as it blocks out noise, giving you consistently powerful and intense sound.  You can take calls, skip songs and adjust volume right from the cord of your Beats Studio headphone – and the Beats logo on the side doubles as a Mute Button, clever!

Beats by Dr. Dre Pill 2.0 Portable Stereo Speaker, Black

Beats by Dr. Dre Pill 2.0 Portable Stereo Speaker – Beats Pill is awesome! This is actually the only member of the “Beats Family” that we have been talking about that I don’t own (yet!). The Beats Pill offers a bluetooth connection for any devices that are compatible, and for those that don’t have bluetooth you can make a connection for your MP3 player with the use of a 3.5mm stereo audio cable. In addition to listening to music there’s also an internal microphone so you can actually take calls with this speaker! You can get up to and including 7 hours of use on a single charge, and you can even charge up most phones using the Beats Pill. The great thing about this speaker is that it’s portable without compromising on sound.

In case you aren’t as familiar with these products as I am, here are some quick facts:

  • Beats by Dr. Dre (Beats), is a leading audio brand founded in 2006 by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine.
  • Beats’ original product line were Beats by Dr. Dre headphones
  • Beats has a subscription-based online music service known as Beats Music, which launched in January 2014
  • Beats was acquired by Apple Inc. in July 2014.

All of these great Beats By Dr. Dre products are available on DealDash occasionally – If you are interested in winning one of these products I would suggest that you head on over to DealDash, pick which one you are interested in, and hit the blue “Alert Me” button that’s on the auction page. That way, when one of these Beats comes up for auction DealDash will send you an email and you can be prepared! Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

Beats By Dr. Dre