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Still Trying to Keep Your New Year Resolutions?

23 Jan


Now that we’re well into the New Year, you may or may not be going strong with your goals and resolutions. If your 2015 resolutions are long gone or if you’re looking to make some adjustments, here are six realistic New Year’s resolutions ideas to consider from one of our favorite product reviewers. Who knows, they may just carry you through an entire year…

6 Realistic New Year’s Resolution Ideas
By Having Fun Saving

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I did for years, then one of two things would happen:
• I would forget all about them.
• I would break one by February 1 and get discouraged and stop trying.

I really don’t think that the idea of New Year’s Resolutions was made to make us mad, sad, unhappy, or discouraged. I think the idea was to make you a better YOU, to see where you may be able to change something or add in something that makes you HAPPIER.

That being said, I thought I would share some realistic New Year’s resolution ideas. Because, if you’re like me, you haven’t committed to yours yet, or you just haven’t made them at all.

Enjoy Today

We all worry about what tomorrow will bring, what will happen in 5 years, 10 years, etc. But, do you ever actually stop and enjoy THIS VERY MOMENT? It’s great to plan for the future, but if you are not careful, you are going to miss some of the most magical moments that are happening RIGHT NOW. How many times have you been playing on your phone or watching TV when your friend or child said “Did you see that?” or “Didn’t hear what I said?” And yes, sometimes they are just telling us that they burped, but other times they are telling you that they love you, or that they hit the ball at baseball for the 1st time, or that they weren’t scared when they rode the bus home that day, or that they really need you to listen right now. Don’t miss today worrying about tomorrow. Enjoy now, enjoy this moment, enjoy TODAY.

Smile More

Did you know that it takes more muscles to frown than smile? Not to mention, your smile is beautiful!

Make Some Time for You

I know, I know, this is definitely easier said than done. I am not telling you that you have to schedule an hour a day, or even a week for just YOU right now. It just may not be possible. But, you need some time…even if it’s just a moment…that is just for YOU. Years ago when I felt like I lost ME – after I quit my job to say home with our son, and I was adjusting to all the changes in my life, I went to see a counselor. I needed someone to talk to that was outside of my circle. I explained how I felt and I will NEVER forget this analogy he told me…in fact, if you ask any of my friends, they will tell you I have told them it on several occasions.

When you’re on an airplane, the flight attendants tell you that you have to put on your air mask first before helping others. The reason they tell you that is, if you stop breathing, you can’t help ANYONE. You can’t always help others without stopping to allow yourself to breathe. If you aren’t “breathing,” you aren’t helping anyone. Not your kids, not your spouse, not your friends, not your family…and most importantly…NOT YOU. Learn to breathe.

Commit to Eating Better

Are you rolling your eyes? Doesn’t everyone make this goal? Yes, probably. But, I am asking you to keep your goal realistic so that YOU CAN DO IT! I can’t give up chocolate, I just can’t, that’s me being honest. So, that won’t be on my “eating better” list. I am a snacker. I love to snack, it’s also something I can’t give up. So, that won’t be on my “eating better” list. BUT, snacking BETTER is. Instead of potato chips or nachos by my computer or on my plate or in the kids’ lunchboxes, you will find snacks like Pretzel Crisps or Simply7 Snacks. Just because something is better for you doesn’t mean that there is no taste!


More? Less? Better? Longer? Well, that’s up to you. I strive to work out 4-5 times a week, so I don’t want to add in any additional days really. But, I do want to exercise more. Run a bit longer, go to Jazzercise then go for a walk or bike ride with the kids later in the day. Wear my Bamboo Fit Performance Apparel from Cariloha more – not only because I love the look and feel, but because it means I am making a better ME by exercising. Again, the key here is to be realistic with your goals. Don’t say that you want to run 5 miles a day 5 days a week when you have never done that before. Just strive for something that will make you a better you. Not a different you, just a better you.

Do Something for You That You Usually Don’t Do

This can be something really simple. For me, it’s simply putting on mascara a few times a week. I work at home, so I never really think about make-up, but I think it takes me less than 30 seconds to swipe on mascara, and I can definitely tell you that it makes me feel a bit better. Put on lip gloss for no particular reason. Wear your hair down. Wear your favorite boots on a Monday instead of a date night. Wear a dress to the bus stop. Shower before lunch. Go to bed early one night. Stay up late watching movies one night.

And one last suggestion, once you come up with your New Year’s resolutions, write them down or put them in your phone. That way you can glance at them from time to time.

Five Tips for Staying in Shape during the Holidays

5 Dec


Staying healthy and looking your best during the holidays can be a tricky proposition. A recent media product reviewer, who reviewed Cariloha’s Bamboo Fit wear, put together her own list of tips for staying in shape during the holidays. Have a look and see where you can benefit…

Five Tips for Staying in Shape during the Holidays
By Having Fun Saving

The holidays are here and I know many of us worry about the typical holiday weight gain. Schedules get busy and food gets plentiful – it’s just that time of the year. To help you stay on track with your healthy life journey, I thought I would share a few tips that will hopefully help you stay on track!

Stay Hydrated – I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want on a cold day is an ice cold cup of water. I think of hot cocoa, hot tea, and all those delicious fancy drinks at Starbucks. BUT, those drinks don’t hydrate you. Even though you’re feeling chilly, you still need to care of your body. I keep a glass of water next to me all day. This time of year is also a great time to infuse your water or add flavor to it. That way you aren’t thinking about the fact that it’s a cold cup of water.

Dress for Success – Wear your work-out clothes when you plan on working out. DON’T let your workout clothes be your comfy clothes. You can even consider setting your clothes out for yourself, so you SEE them. No “out of sight out of mind” here! Make sure you have the right clothes. You may be going inside for your Jazzercise class, but when you get out it will be COLD, so layer!

Wear a performance Tee like this one from Cariloha instead of just a tank (or wear the tank under the tee!). This is also the time of year to wear long capris or pants instead of shorts. Make sure the fabric is light, long-lasting and comfortable. I love the Fitness line from Cariloha, because it allows you flexibility, breathability and they irresistibly soft clothing lines. Each piece of clothing is made of viscose from bamboo so it is hypoallergenic as well. Plus, they are cute! I don’t know about you, but when I actually like my workout clothes, I tend to enjoy my workout more.

Work Out – This may seem obvious, but I know everyone’s schedules get crazy this time of year. Make sure you’re still planning time for your work out. No time during the day? Too cold to get outside? Give yourself 15 minutes during the day to walk the office, walk the mall, do strength training at home before bed (work out those triceps on a dining room chair!), run up and down the stairs for 10 minutes. Just stay active! I know it’s easy to make up excuses…maybe you don’t get in that hour class or that 3-mile jog…but do something. Do it for you!

Snack Right – Will your counters and tables be filled with cookies, chips, dips and more? Make sure there are healthy options out, too. Carrots, hummus, celery sticks filled with low-fat cream cheese or peanut butter, etc. Need to satisfy your “salty” fix? Have Pretzel Crisps out…they are a much healthier version and they’re packed with flavor. They have a ton of different flavor options, too, so there’s definitely an option that everyone is sure to love. Oh, and keep a look out for the Pretzel Crisp minis – 42 of them are only 110 calories. I promise you won’t miss the fat and calories.

Desserts – Cookies, pie, cake, OH MY! Yes, this is the time of year that we’re constantly surrounded by delicious, calorie-filled desserts. It would be silly for me to say “Just don’t eat them.” As, for me, that’s impossible…I have horrible willpower. BUT, I can enjoy them in moderation. Just a few bites will do ya…no need to eat the whole piece…or several pieces. Fill up on lots of veggies at dinner, and you won’t still be hungry at dessert time. Another secret of mine…Have a VitaTop! They have a ton of amazing flavors, but the chocolate one will handle your chocolate fix. Top it with some berries and you have yourself an amazing dessert. Then, maybe, you won’t want that double chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. Or, maybe you’ll just want one bite.

Here’s to a safe, happy, and HEALTHY holiday season for us all!

Cariloha Bamboo Sheets Take a Bedroom to a Higher Level of Comfort

7 Nov

Cariloha Bamboo sheets continue to attract customers seeking the best in naturally luxurious linens. Not only are they softer than other natural and synthetic fabrics, but they also keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer thanks to bamboo’s inherent thermal-regulating properties. They’re extremely helpful for people who suffer from night sweats, skin irritations or sensitivities. If that wasn’t enough, bamboo sheets and towels are odor resistant and good for the environment, too. But, don’t take our word for it…

Read the helpful insights from this media product reviewer who shares her personal, unbiased experiences with Cariloha Bamboo Bed Sheets


Cariloha Bamboo Sheets

By Adventures of Mommyhood

While it’s not MY job to tell you what should be included in your bedroom or nighttime routine, I do feel compelled to let you know what goes on between MY sheets these days….

Such. Amazing. Sleep. Wow.

I thought I was going to have to make a continuation of my series that was “Flippin’ in Flakes” or something. I felt like we’d never be sleeping in our own, new bed in our own new house. Let alone sleeping so well! We’re there now. It all started.

While we were strolling down the street in Juneau, Alaska this summer and my son was on a “scavenger hunt for treasures,” one of the ways we found FREE fun in cruise towns. All those coupons for trinkets that get you in to stores make fantastic treasures for kids and a great afternoon of family fun wandering around town! Well, during one of our stops, the task was to “feel the difference” between your run-of-the-mill cotton sheets, nicer Egyptian cotton sheets, and Bamboo sheets. WOW.

The moment that my fingertips grazed the bamboo sheets I knew I needed one day to roll around and dream sweet dreams on this textile. It was cool to the touch, soft as the best “lovies” and cuddle blankets, but also light and I wanted to experience more! Where were we? We were exiting the Cariloha store in the downtown area of Franklin Street.

Caribbean style + Hawaiian aloha = pure bliss!

So naturally, a few months later while planning my Flippin’ for Fall Series, I wanted to find a few unique embellishments, if you will, that can take a ho-hum room to the next level and make it a special, cozy, amazing space in your home. I don’t have a budget like the HGTV shows, so I had to be creative and write realistically, since most of us do not have that kind of monetary freedom! That meant cozy as it might be, I wouldn’t be including a jacuzzi tub in the master bedroom plans.

This goal could however be accomplished with some pieces that were plush, lux accessories but were also functional items that one would use and could afford to implement into a room design. Those perfect few items included bamboo sheets, a luxurious towel set, and even a little extra bonus for mom and all her hard work: cozy socks!

I washed the sheets that had a bit of a vinegar-esque smell from in the new package and they were incredibly quick drying. They do wrinkle easily, but for me being really pregnant wrestling with king-size anything could do just as much damage as a dryer! So, pardon a few wrinkles, I ironed the set once, very carefully with a slightly damp towel barrier – you do have to treat these nicely, low heat, wash on cold or cool, etc. But they come out feeling wonderful and are easy to care for. I love that they are cool to the touch, since I’m always warm. I am constantly flipping my pillow to take advantage of the “cool side.” Even in the dead of winter. So the combination of bamboo sheets and a down comforter make the ultimate pairing!

The bamboo sheets are smooth and soft, silky against your legs and arms. I was hesitant to use them on our “family bed” — but with pull ups and the mattress protector, I guess there is only so much we can do! We’re taking the chance since these linens are too good to pass up! The colors are zen, calming. We chose Sage, but there is also a light blue and a neutral color. They are a tad slippery — which I love! I was able to get a nice, snug fit on the mattress and they are true to size.

Cariloha is a one-stop shop for all things soft, sustainable and stunning for home, bath, and even your own body! We have a king-size bed now that acts as our family bed for now, though the kids room does have bunk beds that are occasionally used, and we have a full-size bed in our guest/dad room. Yes, my husband gets the boot sometimes (usually self-imposed) so that he can get more sleep before work!

We can now feel like we are treating our guests to an experience akin to a Hilton or Sandals (at least with the offering of our linens and bathroom textiles!) That is where the resort experience usually ends, with the appearance of crazy tots and park playdates…but…for a few glimmering moments, they might be expecting that instead of a drooling kiddo coming through the door, it could be housekeeping or a spa attendant!

Read Adventures of Mommyhood’s entire review of bamboo sheets here.

Cariloha Bamboo Sheets Set Giveaway

24 Oct


There’s a chill in the air and Cariloha wants to make sure you’re cozy and comfortable! Enjoy the softest bedding on the planet made from naturally luxurious bamboo. These odor-resistant sheets are softer than 1,000-thread-count Egyptian cotton, making them a must-have favorite for the entire household. I can vouch for these soft Bamboo Sheets from Cariloha because I have a set! They are so soft and they launder very well. Did you know that Cariloha isn’t just known for their Bamboo Sheets, they also make Blankets, Towels and Bath Mats in their home line.

Cariloha also has a clothing line for men and women with a special section called Bamboo Fit for Women! The Bamboo Fit is flexible, breathable and versatile. You can choose from an assortment of styles and colors. Each piece of clothing is made of viscose from bamboo, is hypoallergenic, and keeps you 3 degrees cooler than cotton. Cariloha’s men’s and women’s wear also keeps you cooler than cotton. The accessories Cariloha carries are unbelievable! Here’s just some of what that line carries: Handbags, Scarves, Headbands, Belts, Sandals and more! I want to try so many of their products and their flip-flops are just so cute and cozy looking.

About Cariloha:

“Driven by a comfort, health and eco-conscious lifestyle, Cariloha joins the Style of the Caribbean with the Spirit of Aloha to provide the best in natural luxury. Since 2007, the brand has grown to become the only multi-store retailer in the world to provide an entire store experience that’s completely merchandised with products made from eco-friendly bamboo.

By turning self-replenishing bamboo fields into crazy-soft bamboo fabrics, Cariloha offers an exclusive collection of bedding, apparel, active wear, bath goods, and accessories made from soft, cool, clean and green bamboo. Inspired by the essence and energy of the islands, Cariloha blends style and self-expression into every piece of clothing and bedding it makes. Special care is taken to drape customers in soft, comfortable, naturally breathable bamboo fabrics that leave them experiencing tranquil days in paradise time and time again.

Thanks to an ever-growing, rich supply of bamboo, Cariloha has a growing fleet of stores in 14 countries offering its proprietary bamboo apparel, bedding and bath goods and enjoying the quality, soft touch, and green ‘footprint’ of this renewable resource.”

$100 Cariloha Bamboo Sheet Set Giveaway:

One reader will receive their choice of size and color for a complete Bamboo Bed Sheets Set provided by Cariloha.
This Giveaway is open to U.S. only and ends October 27, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST

Enter on the Rafflecopter here for your chance to win!

What makes Cariloha bath towels so soft and cozy

16 Oct

Cariloha can help you create a spa ambiance in your own home with our plush, quick-drying bath towels made of viscose from bamboo. These soft, simple and sustainable bath towels and bath sheets are highly absorbent and will give you an ultra-soft feel every time you step in or out of the shower.

With a variety of colors and sizes to choose from, your bathroom will match your style and feel just as good. Not only are these luxurious bath towels more comfortable than anything you’ve ever felt, but they’re also better for the environment because they’re made from bamboo viscose, one of the most sustainable, renewable resources on the planet. Don’t take our word for it, though. Read this unbiased review of Cariloha bamboo bath towels and bath sheets for yourself:

Cariloha Bamboo Bath Towels

Cariloha Plush Bath Towels and Sheets
By Pawsitive Living

Bathrooms are considered a high traffic room. We tend to our physical needs, put on makeup, fuss with our hair, and of course bathe and shower. If we reflect a little deeper, towels would be by far the hardest working item in our home. Just think about what the towel has to cope with, drying, patting, buffing, absorbing, cleaning, blotting, wiping…and so on. The last thing we want is a rough fabric that’s abrasive and harsh on our tender bodies. We want soft and cozy!

Cariloha is the creator of a fabulous selection of gorgeous eco-friendly bamboo products. Bamboo has antimicrobial, anti-fungal and antibacterial qualities. It’s absorbent, highly breathable, anti-static, and great for sensitive skin. It’s also incredibly soft to the touch and gentle to the body.

Cariloha Bath Sheets are ginormous and the epitome of all that is lavish and plush. The Bath Towels are equally as abundant, but slightly smaller. All their towels are made from a blend of rayon from renewable bamboo and cotton to create an extra smooth texture. They’re plump and deliciously smooth and supple on the weary body. They absorb moisture quickly and feel so warm and snugly. I’m so happy they’re snag resistant; I don’t know how many towels I’ve caught my ring on, leaving it frayed. Considering the various sizes, the towels are fairly lightweight so even little kids can enjoy the pure joy of its welcoming wrap. They come in several solid colors as well as white with decorative colored strips.

The Towel Sets offer the same high standards as the bath sheets. The set includes a bath towel, a hand towel, and a wash cloth. I personally love towel pieces to have color and pattern harmony, it just feels better when everything is congruent. If you have several members of your family using the same bathroom, having the different color sets is ideal, they each have their own personal towels. They are also great for students and perfect for taking to the gym or pool. Using Cariloha towels is a glorious experience.

Read Pawsitive Living’s entire review of bamboo bath towels and bath sheets here.

Bamboo Sheets Provide Luxuriously Soft Night’s Sleep

25 Sep

Cariloha Bamboo sheets continue to attract customers seeking the best in naturally luxurious linens. Not only are they softer than other natural and synthetic fabrics, but they also keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer thanks to bamboo’s inherent thermal-regulating properties. They’re extremely helpful for people who suffer from night sweats, skin irritations or sensitivities. If that wasn’t enough, bamboo sheets and towels are odor resistant and good for the environment, too. But, don’t take our word for it…

Read the helpful insights from this media product reviewer who shares her personal, unbiased experiences with Cariloha Bamboo Bed Sheets


Cariloha Bamboo Sheets
By Shortcut Saver

I kind of have a thing for soft sheets on my bed. They have to be comfortable and made out of lightweight fabric. I came across Cariloha Bamboo Sheets that are luxurious and made out of viscose from Bamboo. They have a nice sheen look to them and come in 5 colors such as Ivory, Tan, Sage, White, and Blue. Inside the set is a fitted sheet, flat sheet, and 2 pillow cases. You can get the sets in Standard and King.

I received a Cariloha Bamboo Sheet set in the color tan and was so excited to put them on my bed. When I laid on the sheets, I noticed how soft and comfortable they were. They were also lightweight and contain natural moisture-wicking properties so I didn’t sweat at night. It is actually softer than silk or cashmere, and you only pay a fraction of the cost for it.

Another great feature of the Cariloha Bamboo Sheets is that it is machine washable, which is a plus for me. The sheets are extra deep so it will fit mattresses up to 18″ deep and will keep it from coming undone in the middle of the night. If you are living green, Cariloha Bamboo Sheets are for you since they are made from eco-friendly bamboo.

Read the entire review here. Tell us what you think about Cariloha Bamboo sheets in the comments.

Cariloha Bamboo Clothing is as Comfortable as it is Functional

19 Sep

Cariloha Bamboo is for the comfort driven and eco-conscious. It’s soft, cool, clean and green.™ It’s natural luxury that you can feel. You’ve got to wear a bamboo shirt or sleep in bamboo sheets to truly feel the difference of bamboo softness. Cariloha stands for quality, comfort, fitness, and care for the environment. It’s the only brand with a full line of merchandise made from bamboo, one of the most renewable, self-replenishing resources on the planet.

Cariloha lets you live a lifestyle of comfort long after you’ve left the store. Don’t take our word for it, though. Read this unbiased media review of Cariloha’s bamboo clothing and decide for yourself:


Cariloha Bamboo Clothing
By Organic Reviewer

Cariloha is a clothing brand that fuses the laid back Caribbean culture with the welcoming Aloha of Hawaii. Their products are designed to give the comforts of beach clothing with the functionality and style of everyday wear. The signature of Cariloha clothing is that they are made from naturally renewable bamboo. This gives their clothing a unique feel that is airy, lightweight and oh so soft!

This was my first time wearing a bamboo product, and I’m wondering now why I waited so long! The material is incredibly soft and feels great against your skin. Bamboo is twice as soft as cotton and an extremely comfortable material.

In addition to being comfortable, the bamboo fibers are also very functional. The fibers breathe exceptionally well and wicks moisture away from your body. This amazing air flow through the fibers reduces the temperature against your body by 3 degrees. Bamboo is also anti-bacterial, hypoallergenic and naturally odor resistant.

When wearing Cariloha clothing, you can rest assured that you’re wearing a product that’s eco-friendly. Bamboo is one of the most renewable and sustainable products on the earth. It’s extremely fast growing and regenerates very quickly. Cariloha proves that it’s possible to care about the earth and look great while doing it!

I reviewed the women’s bamboo scoop tee and my husband tried out the men’s crew tee with a pocket. We were both amazed at how incredibly soft the bamboo fabric was!

Read Organic Reviewer’s entire review of Cariloha Bamboo clothing here.

6 Reasons to Go Bamboo

11 Sep

Not only are Cariloha’s bamboo clothing, bedding and bath goods irresistibly soft, they’re also 3 degrees cooler than cotton, moisture wicking, and odor resistant. You can breathe easier knowing that bamboo saves more trees, regenerates naturally and is among the most eco-friendly, renewable resources on the planet. We invite you to visit a Cariloha store for yourself, or shop online, and start living a lifestyle of natural luxury. Cariloha — Stay Cool, Wear Bamboo™.

You don’t have to take our word for it, though. Read the review of Cariloha Bamboo gear from an ultra-runner who’s putting bamboo to the ultimate test…


Cariloha: 6 Reasons to go Bamboo
By Landon Faulkner

Bamboo apparel is still left of mainstream, but with the help of Cariloha it is making a strong move towards being the go-to fabric in almost any situation. I have been wearing Cariloha products for a few months now during my training runs and I have a few observations about running in bamboo. Or in other words, six reasons you should go bamboo.

1.) Bamboo is Tough Stuff

First off, Cariloha’s bamboo apparel is tough, durable and will last forever. I wear Cariloha bamboo socks on every run and most days I decide to wear shoes (I prefer being barefoot or wearing sandals) and they have help up to the abuse better than any other sock I’ve worn. I’ve also been clumsy enough to take a couple hard falls while running after tripping on technical trails. While my skin has been grated off from the rocky trail like cheese my Cariloha performance crew has always escaped with nothing more than some dirt and dust from my ill-advised tumbles.

2.) Bamboo is Soft

I know it seems somewhat counterintuitive to first say that bamboo is tough then follow with how soft it is and chances are if you’ve never tried bamboo you really don’t know how soft it is. It is one of those “see it to believe it” type things, except you actually have to feel it, not just see it. As part of the fit line, Cariloha has the most comfortable shorts and pants you could dream of. My favorite piece of clothing to put on during those cold mornings and days are Cariloha’s Bamboo Training Pants. Slip these guys on and you’ll never want to wear anything else. Like all of Cariloha’s products these pants are softer than anything else you’ve worn, especially anything you’ve worn to train in.

3.) Bamboo Doesn’t Stink

One huge plus is that Cariloha bamboo products don’t stink. Bamboo is a natural fiber like cotton, which doesn’t easily harbor all that bacteria that makes your clothes stink like your synthetic options. For my to be able to enjoy a 2 or 3 hour run and not have Kyra pass out when I get home because I stink so bad is always a huge positive. That has been especially true with Cariloha’s Compression Shorts.

4.) Bamboo Wicks

I realize I just compared bamboo to cotton in my previous section, but only so far as they are both natural fibers and that’s where the similarities end. While cotton is absolutely rotten for almost any sport, bamboo easily and quickly wicks your sweat away helping keep you dry. I sweat like crazy when out on the trail and having a natural fiber shirt that wicks as well as Cariloha’s fit line is hard to beat.

Read the entire review by ultra-runner, Landon Faulkner, here.