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Things I’d Rather Do That Clean

I like to think that I fall into the "tidy/organized" category, but who am I kidding? When it's time to clean, I always find myself prioritizing the most unimportant, mundane tasks in order to get out of it. Enough is enough! Recently, I started using Handy, an app that connects you to home cleaners, and it's made my day to day life so much better! Handy connects you to experienced Cleaning Pros in your area and allows you to specify exactly what kind of cleaning you need, on a schedule that works for you. You get to choose the cleaner you want, can message and pay them right from Handy's app, and each cleaning session usually takes around three hours. That's some serious time to spend on something I actually want to do!

Ok, so I'm not proud of this, but here are five boring tasks that I actually have done to avoid cleaning before I started using Handy

I'd Rather Stand In Line At The DMV

I once renewed my license a month before I needed to because my roommate was at home spring cleaning our apartment, and I really didn't want to help. Standing in line at everybody's least favorite place on earth looks like heaven to me compared to what feels like the monumental task of tackling my kitchen.

I'd Rather Do Spin Class 2 Days In A Row. Literally

And I hate working out! I once took 2-afternoon spin classes (on a Saturday and Sunday, may I add) in a row to avoid cleaning. Honestly, it was worth the week of leg cramps to get out of scrubbing my bathroom floor. The cleaning I booked through Handy costs less than I expected, plus the Pros are vetted, meaning you can leave the house and do something you actually want to while they work their magic!

I'd Rather File My Taxes Again.

That's right, I'd rather sit through the painstaking task of filling a tax return for the second time than pick up a duster and start cleaning. On the eve of tax day, I actually volunteered to do my best friend's tax return for her because I couldn't face attempting to organize my chaotic bedroom. And she's a freelancer, so that was a total mess! I truly find cleaning more boring than trying to decode a W2 -- and that's saying something.

I'd Rather Listen To Baby Shark On Repeat.

The.worst.thing.I.have.ever.heard. I adore my niece, but wow that is just noise! I volunteer to watch her every weekend so I have an excuse to be unproductive! Listening to that song (that word is a stretch) on repeat is heaven compared to mopping my floors that, no matter how long I spend on it, never seem to be clean. Appointments can be made as soon as the day before, perfect for last minute spruce up when my sister brings the baby over for a last minute baby shark session with her aunty.

I'd Rather Watch Any Adam Sandler Movie. Twice.

Spanglish, Click, let's be honest -- they're all bad. Sorry, not sorry. But when they're all that's on TV...the worst Adam Sandler movie is still infinitely better than cleaning out my fridge or scrubbing my oven. Thankfully, Handy lets you add upgraded services like the deep oven and refrigerator cleanings to tackle those chores that need a little extra elbow grease.

It's a bad sign when you would rather do literally anything else but clean. Luckily, with Handy you can schedule a cleaning on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis, making maintaining it between cleans a lot more manageable. Stop procrastinating, do yourself a favor and let Handy help you clean up your act!

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5 Reasons Why Green Chef Is The Best Meal Kit Delivery Service

If you want to add more home-cooked, healthy and balanced meals to your diet, you may have considered a meal kit.

But with so many meal kits out there, how do you decide which is the best for your lifestyle? We sent three different editors to research the meal kit industry, and they all came back with the same answer:

A USDA certified organic company, Green Chef is the #1 choice for when you're trying to eat well. Every week, Green Chef sends you everything you need to make delicious dinners at home: pre-prepped ingredients in just the right portion to limit food waste, and recipe cards with step-by-step instructions to make cooking a breeze.

They take all the planning out of dinner, and there's more: the ingredients are sustainably sourced with a focus on fresh ingredients and exciting new dishes you can make in 30 minutes or less. No wonder they're America's #1 meal kit for eating well.

Here's why Green Chef topped our list.

1. Different plans for specialty diets.

Green Chef has many different plans that are designed to cater to specialty diets, so you know that every single meal is totally safe.

They offer boxes for Keto, Plant-Powered (satisfying both Vegan and Vegetarian), Pescetarian, Paleo, Gluten-Free, and Omnivore for people who want a little bit of everything.

2. They're the first ever meal kit with a Keto plan!

If you want help getting the fat-burning benefits of the Ketogenic diet, while eating balanced and flavorful meals, Green Chef is the expert. They were the very first to design an entire plan where every single meal will make staying in ketosis more delicious than ever.

3. Nearly double the weekly choices than Sun Basket.

Sun Basket is the biggest competitor when it comes to health-conscious meal kits, but Green Chef laps them when it comes to providing weekly meal choices so dinner never gets boring!

4. Gluten-Free plans x3 !

Eating gluten-free can be really tough, and most meal kits don't have accommodations for gluten-free eaters. Green Chef has an entire gluten-free plan with tons of options for delicious meals with heaping portions of meat, fish, or veggies!

That way you never have to worry, and can trust every meal you receive is certified gluten-free. But better still, Green Chef's paleo and keto meal plans are both also certified gluten-free, giving people with allergies more choice than ever about what healthy lifestyle is best for them!

5. Ratings speak for themselves.

Green Chef is higher rated on TrustPilot (a third-party ratings website with no agenda except to help consumers give honest feedback) than their competitors, including: Sun Basket, Blue Apron, and Home Chef.

So there you have it. If you're looking to make more home-cooked, healthy meals, or want to make sticking to a specialty diet a breeze, Green Chef is the meal kit for you.

Starting at $9.99 per meal, it's cheaper than take-out, and you can sharpen your cooking skills by learning how to make stunning healthy meals in 30 minutes or less a night.

Update: The folks at Green Chef are extending a limited time offer to our readers! Follow this link to get $80 off + free shipping!

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I Love Cats, But Their Pee Stinks. Here's How I Got Rid Of The Smell

Four years ago, when I first married my wife Lauren, we adopted a beautiful little striped kitty we call Tiger to make our house feel more like a home. I love Tiger, but we've had a whole host of issues with his litter box. We used to keep it in our basement, but it doesn't have windows, and the smell would end up getting trapped and grossing us out. We must have tried 4 or 5 different litter brands, and while some were better than others, none of them really got rid of the smell. We ended up having to put the litter box in our living room next to the TV because the living room has lots of windows and better circulation. But now we've got a whole new host of problems. My wife is especially sensitive to the litter box smell (and I think she doesn't like the idea of what's going on inside it), so when she sees our catwalk into the box, she'll immediately go into the other room. When she made me pause the newest episode of Game of Thrones so she could hide out in the kitchen while Tiger did his business, I knew something had to change.

I started really doing my research online to see if there was a litter option that would fix our smelly cat problems. One that stood out was PrettyLitter, a subscription cat litter that is super lightweight (only 6lbs for a whole month's supply) and uses a unique formula that is supposed to be clump free and odor free. Everything we've tried in the past has claimed to be odor neutralizing, so I wasn't so sure this was any different. But there were a ton of 5-star reviews, so I figured I'd give it a shot.

When our first bag of PrettyLitter was delivered, the first thing I noticed was that it really was super light. I was used to lugging around 30lb bags, so when I picked up the 6lb litter I noticed the difference right away. I put Tiger's litter box back in the basement and hoped this time would be different. One thing that makes PrettyLitter different is that you only have to scoop the poop, stir the litter, and change it once a month, which I liked because it would cut down on mess and dust. I would come down at night to see if any scooping needed to be done, and after a week I noticed no smell at all. I convinced my wife to come check it out for herself, and even she had to admit that this time the odor elimination actually worked. I was just glad to get our Game of Thrones nights back again.

Since then, we've discovered a few more cool things about PrettyLitter that make it unlike any other litter we'd tried in the past. First of all, the subscription is more convenient than you'd think, and I really liked not having to make last minute trips to the pet store or trying to stock up on 6 months worth of litter at a time. Secondly, the formula has color-changing crystals that help you detect health problems in your cat. It gives us a lot of peace of mind because sometimes Tiger will be sleeping more than usual or his pur will sound pained, but we don't know if something's actually wrong. A few months ago, the crystals changed to a blue color, so we took Tiger to the vet the next day. It turned out he had a slight infection and needed antibiotics!

We love our smelly cat, my wife even dressed as Phoebe from FRIENDS last year for Halloween. But PrettyLitter was the only litter we've ever tried that actually eliminated Tiger's smell. Now, we can keep the litter box out of sight in the basement, and snuggle with Tiger without the smell.

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I Love Cats, But Their Pee Stinks. Here's How I Got Rid Of The Smell

Four years ago, when I first married my wife Lauren, we adopted a beautiful little striped kitty we call Tiger to make our house feel more like a home. I love Tiger, but we've had a whole host of issues with his litter box. We used to keep it in our basement, but it doesn't have windows, and the smell would end up getting trapped and grossing us out. We must have tried 4 or 5 different litter brands, and while some were better than others, none of them really got rid of the smell. We ended up having to put the litter box in our living room next to the TV because the living room has lots of windows and better circulation. But now we've got a whole new host of problems. My wife is especially sensitive to the litter box smell (and I think she doesn't like the idea of what's going on inside it), so when she sees our catwalk into the box, she'll immediately go into the other room. When she made me pause the newest episode of Game of Thrones so she could hide out in the kitchen while Tiger did his business, I knew something had to change.

I started really doing my research online to see if there was a litter option that would fix our smelly cat problems. One that stood out was PrettyLitter, a subscription cat litter that is super lightweight (only 6lbs for a whole month's supply) and uses a unique formula that is supposed to be clump free and odor free. Everything we've tried in the past has claimed to be odor neutralizing, so I wasn't so sure this was any different. But there were a ton of 5-star reviews, so I figured I'd give it a shot.

When our first bag of PrettyLitter was delivered, the first thing I noticed was that it really was super light. I was used to lugging around 30lb bags, so when I picked up the 6lb litter I noticed the difference right away. I put Tiger's litter box back in the basement and hoped this time would be different. One thing that makes PrettyLitter different is that you only have to scoop the poop, stir the litter, and change it once a month, which I liked because it would cut down on mess and dust. I would come down at night to see if any scooping needed to be done, and after a week I noticed no smell at all. I convinced my wife to come check it out for herself, and even she had to admit that this time the odor elimination actually worked. I was just glad to get our Game of Thrones nights back again.

Since then, we've discovered a few more cool things about PrettyLitter that make it unlike any other litter we'd tried in the past. First of all, the subscription is more convenient than you'd think, and I really liked not having to make last minute trips to the pet store or trying to stock up on 6 months worth of litter at a time. Secondly, the formula has color-changing crystals that help you detect health problems in your cat. It gives us a lot of peace of mind because sometimes Tiger will be sleeping more than usual or her pur will sound pained, but we don't know if something's actually wrong. A few months ago, the crystals changed to a blue color, so we took Tiger to the vet the next day. It turned out she had a slight infection and needed antibiotics!

We love our smelly cat, my wife even dressed as Phoebe from FRIENDS last year for Halloween. But PrettyLitter was the only litter we've ever tried that actually eliminated Tiger's smell. Now, we can keep the litter box out of sight in the basement, and snuggle with Tiger without the smell.

UPDATE: PrettyLitter is offering our readers a SPECIAL promo! Follow this link and use promo code PRETTY2019 to get 20% off your first order of PrettyLitter today!

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I Love Cats, But Their Pee Stinks. Here's How I Got Rid Of The Smell

Four years ago, when I first married my wife Lauren, we adopted a beautiful little striped kitty we call Tiger to make our house feel more like a home. I love Tiger, but we've had a whole host of issues with his litter box. We used to keep it in our basement, but it doesn't have windows, and the smell would end up getting trapped and grossing us out. We must have tried 4 or 5 different litter brands, and while some were better than others, none of them really got rid of the smell. We ended up having to put the litter box in our living room next to the TV because the living room has lots of windows and better circulation. But now we've got a whole new host of problems. My wife is especially sensitive to the litter box smell (and I think she doesn't like the idea of what's going on inside it), so when she sees our catwalk into the box, she'll immediately go into the other room. When she made me pause the newest episode of Game of Thrones so she could hide out in the kitchen while Tiger did his business, I knew something had to change.

I started really doing my research online to see if there was a litter option that would fix our smelly cat problems. One that stood out was PrettyLitter, a subscription cat litter that is super lightweight (only 6lbs for a whole month's supply) and uses a unique formula that is supposed to be clump free and odor free. Everything we've tried in the past has claimed to be odor neutralizing, so I wasn't so sure this was any different. But there were a ton of 5-star reviews, so I figured I'd give it a shot.

When our first bag of PrettyLitter was delivered, the first thing I noticed was that it really was super light. I was used to lugging around 30lb bags, so when I picked up the 6lb litter I noticed the difference right away. I put Tiger's litter box back in the basement and hoped this time would be different. One thing that makes PrettyLitter different is that you only have to scoop the poop, stir the litter, and change it once a month, which I liked because it would cut down on mess and dust. I would come down at night to see if any scooping needed to be done, and after a week I noticed no smell at all. I convinced my wife to come check it out for herself, and even she had to admit that this time the odor elimination actually worked. I was just glad to get our Game of Thrones nights back again.

Since then, we've discovered a few more cool things about PrettyLitter that make it unlike any other litter we'd tried in the past. First of all, the subscription is more convenient than you'd think, and I really liked not having to make last minute trips to the pet store or trying to stock up on 6 months worth of litter at a time. Secondly, the formula has color-changing crystals that help you detect health problems in your cat. It gives us a lot of peace of mind because sometimes Tiger will be sleeping more than usual or her pur will sound pained, but we don't know if something's actually wrong. A few months ago, the crystals changed to a blue color, so we took Tiger to the vet the next day. It turned out she had a slight infection and needed antibiotics!

We love our smelly cat, my wife even dressed as Phoebe from FRIENDS last year for Halloween. But PrettyLitter was the only litter we've ever tried that actually eliminated Tiger's smell. Now, we can keep the litter box out of sight in the basement, and snuggle with Tiger without the smell.

UPDATE: PrettyLitter is offering our readers a special OCTOBER promo! Follow this link and use promo code PRETTY2019 to get 20% off your first order of PrettyLitter today!

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I Love Cats, But Their Pee Stinks. Here's How I Got Rid Of The Smell

Four years ago, when I first married my wife Lauren, we adopted a beautiful little striped kitty we call Tiger to make our house feel more like a home. I love Tiger, but we've had a whole host of issues with his litter box. We used to keep it in our basement, but it doesn't have windows, and the smell would end up getting trapped and grossing us out. We must have tried 4 or 5 different litter brands, and while some were better than others, none of them really got rid of the smell. We ended up having to put the litter box in our living room next to the TV because the living room has lots of windows and better circulation. But now we've got a whole new host of problems. My wife is especially sensitive to the litter box smell (and I think she doesn't like the idea of what's going on inside it), so when she sees our catwalk into the box, she'll immediately go into the other room. When she made me pause the newest episode of Game of Thrones so she could hide out in the kitchen while Tiger did his business, I knew something had to change.

I started really doing my research online to see if there was a litter option that would fix our smelly cat problems. One that stood out was PrettyLitter, a subscription cat litter that is super lightweight (only 6lbs for a whole month's supply) and uses a unique formula that is supposed to be clump free and odor free. Everything we've tried in the past has claimed to be odor neutralizing, so I wasn't so sure this was any different. But there were a ton of 5-star reviews, so I figured I'd give it a shot.

When our first bag of PrettyLitter was delivered, the first thing I noticed was that it really was super light. I was used to lugging around 30lb bags, so when I picked up the 6lb litter I noticed the difference right away. I put Tiger's litter box back in the basement and hoped this time would be different. One thing that makes PrettyLitter different is that you only have to scoop the poop, stir the litter, and change it once a month, which I liked because it would cut down on mess and dust. I would come down at night to see if any scooping needed to be done, and after a week I noticed no smell at all. I convinced my wife to come check it out for herself, and even she had to admit that this time the odor elimination actually worked. I was just glad to get our Game of Thrones nights back again.

Since then, we've discovered a few more cool things about PrettyLitter that make it unlike any other litter we'd tried in the past. First of all, the subscription is more convenient than you'd think, and I really liked not having to make last minute trips to the pet store or trying to stock up on 6 months worth of litter at a time. Secondly, the formula has color-changing crystals that help you detect health problems in your cat. It gives us a lot of peace of mind because sometimes Tiger will be sleeping more than usual or his pur will sound pained, but we don't know if something's actually wrong. A few months ago, the crystals changed to a blue color, so we took Tiger to the vet the next day. It turned out he had a slight infection and needed antibiotics!

We love our smelly cat, my wife even dressed as Phoebe from FRIENDS last year for Halloween. But PrettyLitter was the only litter we've ever tried that actually eliminated Tiger's smell. Now, we can keep the litter box out of sight in the basement, and snuggle with Tiger without the smell.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: PrettyLitter is offering our readers a SPECIAL promo! Follow this link and use promo code PRETTYLITTER2020 to get 20% off your first order of PrettyLitter today!

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How This Drink Helps Me Stay Hydrated While Avoiding Diet Sweeteners

I tend to be real health-nut and I pride myself on eating healthy and always paying attention to what I am putting into my body. Before buying any new snacks or drinks, I make sure to look at the label to ensure that I am not consuming any kind of preservatives or diet sweeteners.

Unfortunately, this proves difficult in one circumstance for me: staying hydrated. I HATE plain water and really struggle to stay away from flavored drinks. The problem is, when you look at the ingredients for most flavored water brands, they definitely don't meet high health standards. That's why my new favorite drink right now is Hint, a naturally flavored water that comes in 16 delicious combinations, plus sparkling and caffeinated options. Hint helps me keep me hydrated and healthy while giving my taste buds a treat. It's SO MUCH BETTER than just water.

Luckily, Hint's ingredient list is always simple. Take my personal favorite blackberry flavor: purified water, blackberry and other natural ingredients from non-GMO plants. That's it. And when it comes to nutrition labels, Hint has zeros all the way down the list -- no calories, no sodium, no anything! Hint never uses diet sweeteners, preservatives, dyes or GMOs.

Here's how Hint compares to the top three zero-calorie flavored water competitors (and sparkling!). How does your go-to compare? (Psst, we left the worst for last so make sure to check out Bai bubbly at the bottom for a carbohydrate surprise!)

Vitamin Water Zero

OK, if you're already on the zero calorie flavored water train, then you probably know about Vitamin Water Zero. If you think all flavored waters are made the same, just take a look at that long list of ingredients on the Vitamin Water Zero bottle. One of the many synthetic ingredients you can't pronounce is the sugar alcohol erythritol, which is often made from GMO corn and has been linked to weight gain and stomach bacteria issues [1]. That's not natural. Plus Hint comes in more sophisticated flavors like blood orange.

Dasani Flavored Water

Dasani also makes a zero calorie flavored water with just four flavor options. Dasani's water contains a lot of the big-name diet sweeteners health conscious people have avoided for a while now, like aspartame. But the biggest differences? One of those ingredients is causing a bottle of Dasani flavored water to have a whopping 70mg of sodium! That's almost twice the sodium in a can of Coke! Sodium makes you bloat, so watch out. Hint on the other hand comes in way more flavor options and has 0mg of sodium (which, duh! It's water).

Bai Bubbles

Bai is one of the most popular flavored sparkling waters to rival Hint's line of bubbly beverages, which boast simple ingredients and zeros all the way down their nutrition list, just like their still counterparts. Bai on the other hand is a double offender: erythritol, just like Vitamin Water, AND enough carbohydrates that a single bottle of Bai would kick you out of a low carb diet.

Hint is a great way to get all the health benefits of water, including accelerated weight loss and improved cognitive function, with a kick of flavor. They even have a subscriptions service you can use to make sure you never run out, and cut down on trips to the grocery store! If you're already a flavored water fan, make sure to check out the label of your go-to brand and see if it has any of the same hidden health risks as the competitors above.

UPDATE 04/22/19: The folks at Hint are offering a special promotion to our readers! Follow this link to get 35% off PLUS free shipping!

[ 1] The Healthy Home Economist

My Daughter Hated Gym Class So We Tried Aaptiv & Here’s What Happened

After the second time in a month when my daughter, Sophia, asked for a note to sit out of gym class, I asked her what was going on. She told me sixth graders were running the mile, and as the slowest one in her class, she was too embarrassed to try again.
No one made fun of her, but she was always one of the last kids to finish while the other kids watched from the bleachers. She's a smart kid, and she likes spending all her time inside, reading and working on the computer. I've tried to limit her screen time to get her outside and moving by having her join the middle school soccer team, but she doesn't have a natural competitive streak so she wasn't really motivated. I even tried to talk to her gym teacher but the coach was dealing with huge class sizes and just didn't have time to give Sophia special attention. I was worried that if I didn't figure out a way to get Sophia interested in being active, it could negatively impact the rest of her life. Instead of telling her to push herself until she gets sick in gym class, I got her a subscription to Aaptiv, an audio workout app for her phone. They have fitness-instructor guided programs for doing workouts, motivating you through runs, teaching you how to stretch and more.


I've been using Aaptiv for a while, including to help me train for the annual charity 5k. The app has been a godsend for staying engaged during cardio training because I lose motivation on the treadmill after 2 minutes of going at it alone. The Top40 music and trainer's encouragement helped me so much, I thought it would work for my daughter too. I had Sophia download the app to her phone, and we browsed together some of the different programs and classes. They add 40 new classes a week, so there's always something new. Sophia wanted to try one that would help her run a mile, and we decided to do it together.


When she got home from school, before doing her homework, the two of us changed into exercise clothes, and then went outside. Sophia put the earbuds into her ear and was pleasantly surprised to find that every program has a soundtrack of music she actually likes. It's not just elevator music; they have all the biggest artists like Cardi B, Sia, and Britney Spears.


So she wouldn't feel self-conscious, I ran on the same track, keeping my eye on her while letting her go at her own pace. I know she's gotten embarrassed in the past when she feels like people are watching her, so the app was a good way for her to get the motivation and pro-tips she needed without having to work with a trainer. The audio instructor was such an expert, that the moment she started to feel a little out of breath from jogging, she was guided to walk. Sophia is a slow runner, but by alternating between jogging and walking, she was able to run faster for shorter bursts of time, which kept her from getting as tired and helped her build stamina.


When we did our lap and made it back home, Sophia found that her favorite band, Pentatonix was the soundtrack to an ab strength workout, so she did it alone in her room. I was so relieved that my daughter, especially at the tricky age of 11, was finding a healthy way to exercise. Three times a week, Sophia and I went for a guided run together, and after two months, she was able to run a mile without stopping for walk breaks!


Sophia's excited to try the mile-run at school again next year, which is a huge improvement from asking me to write her out of class. In the meantime, she's devouring every workout with a Pentatonix playlist they have, and also working on how to do the basics, like a proper push-up. Aaptiv has given me peace of mind that my daughter is going to have fun exercising, and will start the 7th grade on a physically and emotionally healthy track.

Follow this link to sign up online and get the first week of Aaptiv FREE!

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Why I Replaced My Old Mattress With A New Casper Box Mattress

Sleep isn't something I really thought about until I moved in with my girlfriend last year. I'd heard that there are different qualities of sleep, but I just never really paid attention to my own patterns. I knew that if I was out late the night before I might be more tired the next day, but that was about it. But when my girlfriend moved in, I started waking up in the middle of the night a lot, because whenever she would move, the mattress would shake and jostle me awake. I tried melatonin and other supplements, but nothing really worked and eventually, I started feeling the effects of poor sleep in my life. I was snapping more easily at work, couldn't concentrate, and just wanted to nap instead of going to the gym when I got home. I told a coworker about my problems, and he told me that I should try a mattress made with memory foam. I thought that sounded unnecessary, and my spring mattress was probably fine. My only real association with memory foam was those old Tempurpedic commercials I used to see when I was a kid, and they seemed super cheesy. Plus it sounded like something that would sink down to much, I just didn't feel like it was for me.

But after seeing a ton of reviews from other people online who said that foam mattresses totally changed their sleep game, I wondered if maybe it was worth the hype. I started comparing brands, and the mattress that seemed to have the most positive reviews was Casper. I had heard of Casper before and knew it was a leader in the bed-in-a-box space. Sometimes things are popular for a reason, so I went online to see what made Casper different. I found out that their mattresses are made with several layers of foam to make them comfy and supportive, breathable material to keep you cool, and best of all they are motion transfer resistant so I won't feel my girlfriend if she moves in the middle of the night. Ding ding ding! Ok, they did call out my biggest issue, but I still just wasn't sure it would actually make a difference. But, they have a 100-night free trial, so I figured I had nothing to lose and ordered a Queen sized mattress.

The mattress arrived in a box so the delivery guy could just leave it in front of my building without a problem. It was light enough that I could carry it up the stairs by myself and didn't have to hire movers, which I liked. I opened the box and uncurled the mattress onto my frame. It started inflating immediately, and it was really cool to see it puff up like magic! The whole process was so convenient, which makes a big difference to me as a busy person. When we went to sleep that first night, my girlfriend loved how comfortable it was, but I knew the real test would come after she fell asleep. When my alarm went off the next morning, I had slept through the night for the first time since my girlfriend moved in! I was so glad that the motion transfer resistant material actually worked because I was starting to worry about what my lack of sleep would mean for our relationship.

Over the next few weeks, I noticed a few more perks of our Casper: I really was staying cooler, and wasn't waking up a little sweaty. Plus, because the mattress is engineered for good neck and spine alignment, I felt less creaky and stiff and was moving around more freely when I went to the gym. Most of all, I started actually appreciating the soft and comfortable foam whenever we'd watch Netflix in bed on the weekends. Now that I've experienced the energy and mood lift that comes with a good night's sleep, I'm never going back. I wish I had gotten a Casper when I lived on my own, so I could have appreciated good sleep for all it's worth back then.

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Working Out Regularly Was Hard: Here's Why I Tried BodyBoss

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As long as I can remember, I've felt about 10 pounds away from a confident body. Whether it's making sure I bought the high waisted swimsuit to hide my tummy or wearing cardigans to cover my arm flab, I just never felt 100% confident in my own skin. After I had my first child, Libby, I gained another 20lbs and found myself feeling really unattractive and uncomfortable in my new-mom body. It was a really rough time for me emotionally, my daughter became the absolute light of my life and gave me a whole new kind of joy, but I was also exhausted all the time, and the extra weight made me feel really insecure. I knew I needed to finally find something that could help me transform my body, so I could be a confident and healthy example for my daughter growing up.

I started doing some research, but I really didn't think I could find a program that would work for me, especially since I hate going to the gym (comparing myself to all those pink sports bra wearing 20-year-olds? No thanks) and now that I had Libby I didn't have time to anyway. I was chatting with some of the other moms on my new-mom Facebook support group, and they recommended BodyBoss. It's a fitness program you can do entirely at home, without equipment, and without a fancy smart TV. It's a book that explains everything along with videos that guide you through a 12-week program of HIIT strength training exercises--intense sessions that are less than 30 minutes each day, three days a week. I looked online, and a lot of women seemed to like the BodyBoss HIIT—the High-Intensity Interval Training that gives you the #BossEffect, so you keep burning more calories even when your workouts over. They even posted before and after pictures of the amazing results they saw in a matter of weeks.

I was still hesitant; I didn't think I would have the motivation to do workouts on my own, or I would do them wrong. But, the pictures online were real, with real women just like me achieving their goals. Plus, they had a really active online community where hundreds of women help motivate and support each other as they work towards their goals. It was hard to argue with the results staring me in the face, so I decided to be brave for Libby and take the plunge. I ordered the BodyBoss Fitness Guide and poured myself a glass of wine to cheers myself for taking the first step towards transforming my body and becoming a more confident self.

The first day I tried the workout, I was really nervous. And I'm not going to lie; it was hard! I understand how HIIT workouts burn fat so rapidly because they're designed to help you make the most out of your time and really kick your butt. Even though I found the first few sessions challenging (I didn't realize how out of shape I was!), I was impressed that I had an easy time understanding exactly what I was supposed to be doing because the book used pictures to make everything really clear. After the first week, something magical happened: the workouts started getting easier. Each week I found I had more energy, was stronger, and less sore. That amazing feeling of getting a little stronger each week ended up giving me the motivation I was afraid I wouldn't have to complete the whole 12-week program. And in the first weeks when I was worried I wouldn't be good enough, I turned to the online community and they cheered me on and gave me the strength to keep going. I saw comments from these amazing women like Samantha, Mindy, and Tina, who were always sharing little tips and words of encouragement to help newbies like me. I also started joining them every Monday for the free Facebook LIVE sessions where we got tips, recipes, and answers to our questions from Kim Lyons, the top trainer from one of my favorite TV weight-loss shows, The Biggest Loser. She's a busy mom like me, and that helped so much!

After completing the 12 weeks, I lost six inches of stubborn belly fat from my waist and was four jeans sizes smaller. I was more toned and stronger than I ever had been when I used to rely on dieting and cardio, and the superfoods and recipes were so yummy, I got this whole new level of energy and confidence. Even my husband noticed and complimented me, a lot. BodyBoss really made all the difference, because they let me work out on my own time, without going to the gym. Now I don't shy away from mirrors, I don't feel like I need to keep the lights off when I'm around my hubby, and I feel like a strong woman my daughter will be proud to call Mom.

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