EarlySense Live is a small health monitor that lives under your mattress and makes it easy to track your heart rate, breathing rate, and sleep cycles overnight.
One of my best qualities, if I do say so myself, is that I am a great sleeper. I can fall asleep instantly and rarely wake up once I’m down. That said, I’m terrible about going to bed and don’t get much sleep at all. I go to bed long after my family does and I’m usually the first adult awake in the house. Despite this, I’m rarely tired. There are some days where I’m so exhausted that I have to go to bed early, but by and large, I go to bed late, wake up early, and sleep soundly the second my head hits the pillow.
While this system works for me, I’ve been a little terrified of all of the reports that all seem to say you’re going to perish immediately if you don’t get a full 8-9 hours of sleep each night. With sleep – or lack thereof – on my mind, I jumped at the opportunity to try EarlySense Live, a digital health monitor. EarlySense Live tracks your heart rate, breathing, stress level and sleep cycle while you sleep.
I feel like I start every article I write about plus size clothing in the same manner. I usually gush about how the plus size landscape has changed so much since I started blogging. I can’t help it, though, because it’s true. There used to be only a handful of stores that sold plus size clothing, and most of those styles were boring. Now, though, there are so many different options from which to choose and they’re all selling fun stylish clothing.
One of the stores I’ve had my eye on for a while now is Simply Be. This store focuses on fashion for women wearing sizes 8-28. Their clothes are well-made, fashion forward, and budget-friendly. Those aren’t three adjectives that typically go together, but that’s exactly what you’ll find here.
The images coming out of Texas this weekend were devastating. After being hit by Hurricane Harvey, much of Houston and surrounding cities are underwater, but still the rain continues.
Emergency services are struggling to keep up with the calls they’re receiving. People are watching their homes and livelihoods get washed away. After this nightmare finally comes to an end, it’s going to take years for the region to recover.
I’ve you’ve been helplessly watching the news and images coming out of the area and wondering how you can help, here are a few organizations that are gladly accepting donations that will go to help those in need:
Airbnb: If you can house anyone who has been displaced by Hurricane Harvey, consider listing your unit for free on Airbnb. In addition to free urgent accommodations, Airbnb is waiving all services fees for those affected through September 1.
American Red Cross: The American Red Cross is setting up shelters for those who have been displaced Trucks filled with supplies have also been dispatched to the area. You can donate online, or you can text “HARVEY” to 90999 and automatically donate $10 to the red cross.
Global Giving: This crowd funding site is raising money for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
Go Fund Me: You can browse the various Hurricane Harvey fundraisers listed on Go Fund Me to see if there’s one (or more) that particularly speaks to you.
ICNA Relief: ICNA is collecting funds to help provide hot meals to those affected by the hurricane and, a bit later, they will help families dig out and start to put their homes back together.
Islamic Center of Greater Houston: The ISGH is helping to rescue those who are stranded, as well as providing emergency shelter, food, and water to those in need. Volunteers are needed and they are also accepting monetary donations.
Portlight: The mission of Portlight is to provide support to those with disabilities who are in need as a result of natural disasters. Currently, they are helping those with disabilities as well as seniors who have been stranded by Hurricane Harvey.
Save the Children: This organization is specifically working to help children and families affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief: SBDR is helping to take care of up to 60,000 displaced Texans through things like hot meals and cleaning services that will help restore homes.
It’s sad to say, but disgusting criminals have used tragedies like this in the past to set up fraudulent funding pages. Before donating, check any charity on CharityNavigator to make sure they’re legit and see how they rank.
Finally, if you live in the area, please consider donating blood. Check out OneBlood for where to donate.
For more ideas on how to help anyone affected by Hurricane Harvey, read this great post from The Huffington Post.
Football season is right around the corner. Can you feel it? My husband watches every single sport under the sun, but the only sport I actually look forward to watching with him each year is football. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about the NFL or NCAA – I enjoy both equally. While I’m perfectly happy to watch from my couch, we also catch the occasional game in-person.
While it used to be that you could take anything and everything with you into stadiums, this is no longer the case due to safety concerns. Thus, if attending football games is a must for you in the fall, it may well be worth your time to invest in a couple of stadium purses, otherwise known as NFL- and NCAA-compliant clear bags.
The NFL and NCAA have very similar bag policies. You COULD load all of your stuff into a clear 1-gallon Ziploc bag, or you can opt for a clear stadium bag measuring no larger than 12″ x 6″ x 12″.
If you love attending football games but aren’t really keen on toting around a Ziploc bag, here are a few stylish clear stadium bags that you totally won’t mind carrying with you on Football Saturdays and Sundays this fall.
Stadium Purses You’ll Love
Policy Handbags is a little store that focuses specifically on making stadium purses, so nearly everything they sell is NCAA and NFL-compliant. All of their bags are cute, but if you’re looking for a clear purse, I don’t think you can do much better than The Bare Box, which is cute enough to carry around full-time, assuming you don’t mind everyone knowing what’s in your bag!
Red Leather… Oh, My!
How lovely is this clear stadium bag?! I absolutely love the red leather accents, which prove that you don’t have to sacrifice quality and style for function! You can grab this bag from Oplich Leather Goods on Etsy.
From Game Day to Date Night
If you’re not at all interested in sacrificing your style, you need to check out this Clear Chain Crossbody Bag from SheIn! The price is right at less than $25, and you’ll look just as good using this bag during a night on the town as you will carrying it with you to football games. (Please note, in case it’s not clear from the image, that this is a hardshell case.)