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Hot Weather Safety Tips for Pet Owners

Posted on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Dog and CatThe hot summer weather is going to be with us for at least a few more weeks. Pet owners need to pay close attention to their pets and make sure that the hot weather is not causing them harm. Here are some hot weather safety tips for pet owners.

The Humane Society of the United States points out that you should never leave a pet inside a parked car. Not even for a minute! The temperatures inside a parked car can get dangerously hot very quickly. Please realize that leaving the air conditioning on in the car, as you dash into the store, is an insufficient way to combat the heat. Pets can, and do, die from exposure to excessive heat.

They also suggest that pet owners provide their pets with plenty of shade and ample water if the pet is going to be outside. Add some ice cubes to the water in their bowl to help them cool off. You may want to give them extra water when they come back inside from the heat. Access to water can help prevent your pet from becoming dehydrated.

WebMD strongly recommends that you visit the veterinarian in the summer so that he or she can give your pets a check-up. Ask your vet to teach you the signs of overheating in your pet – and what to do if you see those signs. Some pet owners, whose pets spend a lot of time outdoors, may want to speak with the vet about a safe method of flea and tick control.

The ASPCA has some advice that pet owners may not have thought about. Make sure to check your window screens to ensure that they are securely attached. Always close the screen door all the way if you are going to be leaving your door open.

There is an increase of injured animals during warmer months. Cats lean against the screen on an open window. If that screen isn’t properly attached, the cat could fall out the window and become injured. Screen doors that aren’t shut all the way could enable a pet to go outside without the owner realizing it. Unattended pets can end up injured if they run into streets.

They also suggest that you pay attention when you take your pet outside for a walk. The asphalt can become painfully hot when the temperature is high. Humans are protected from this heat by their shoes. Sadly, pets can end up with burned paw pads if they walk on super-heated asphalt. The heat from the asphalt can also cause your pet’s body temperature to heat up very quickly.

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Save 20% on Fresh Bell Peppers

Posted on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 at 8:44 am
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It’s Tuesday! Time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Green Peppers at participating retailers. 

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 8/4/2014.

*** BIG NEWS *** SavingStar can now be used at Walmart, Target, Kmart, Meijer, Walgreens, Dollar General, Family Dollar, and WinCo! Simply download their app for iPhone or Android and upload your receipt to get cash back when you shop at any of these stores!

See a list of ALL participating stores HERE.

 

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Simple Ways to Conserve Water

Posted on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Person DrinkingIs the state you live in experiencing a drought? Conserving water is good for the planet. Not everyone understands how much water gets thoughtlessly wasted. Fortunately, conserving water can be done in very simple ways. Use less water and you will end up saving money on your water bill.

Skip the Refills
There are many restaurants that automatically serve customers a full glass of water (with ice) the moment they are seated. That’s fine for people who are intending to drink water with their meal. Those who want to order a different type of beverage don’t typically drink the glass of water. It gets poured down the drain and wasted.

You can conserve water by asking your server not to bring you any. Order your beverage of choice, and make it clear that you do not want an additional glass of water. If you plan on drinking water with your meal, then you need to pay attention to how often the server refills it. Ask for a half-glass refill, or tell the server to stop refilling it, when you are not going to drink anymore.

Chill the Glasses
We go through a lot of water when we make ice cubes. Instead of using water to make a beverage cold, consider chilling the glass instead. Put the glass into the freezer for a little while. Or, start using one of those special mugs that are made of plastic and that are designed to be placed in the freezer. A liquid that is in between layers of the plastic freezes and removes the need for ice cubes.

Don’t Wash Your Car
It can be really difficult for many people to skip the car wash! People tend to feel embarrassed if their car is dirty. Keep in mind that the typical car wash uses a whole lot of water that could be used in better ways. A clean car is not a necessity.

Clean your windows by using a window cleaner and some paper towels. Or, use the window washing tool at the gas station the next time you fill up the tank. Stay safe by making sure you can see out of your windows.

Water the Lawn in the Morning
The best time to water your lawn in early in the day between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00 in the morning. The temperature in the morning is typically the coolest and least windy time of day. This means that the water you apply is less likely to be lost to evaporation.

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Save 20% on Fresh Grapes + Now Use SavingStar at Walmart, Target & More

Posted on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 at 12:00 pm
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It’s Tuesday! Time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of Grapes at participating retailers.

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 7/28/2014.

*** BIG NEWS *** SavingStar can now be used at Walmart, Target, Kmart, Meijer, Walgreens, Dollar General, Family Dollar, and WinCo! Simply download their app for iPhone or Android and upload your receipt to get cash back when you shop at any of these stores!

 

 

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Earn Cash Back on Organic, Non-GMO & Gluten-Free Products with BerryCart

Posted on Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at 8:39 am
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Want to earn CASH BACK for buying healthy products that are organic, Non-GMO or gluten-free? We have a new app to share with you called BerryCart. It’s very similar to Ibotta, Checkout51 and Shopmium, but finally offers us cash back on healthier options!

Here is an example of some of the offers currently available (offers will vary by account):

$0.75/1 INBar Weight Management Food Bar
$0.75/1 CoCo libre Organic Coconut Water, 1 L
$0.25/1 Hail Merry Macaroons
$0.75/1 Pascha Organic Allergen-Free Chocolate Bars
$0.50/1 Beanitos – The Original Bean Chip, 6 oz
$0.50/1 Lesser Evil – Buddha Bowl Organic Popcorn, 5 oz
$0.75/1 Hilary’s Eat Well Veggie Burgers
$0.75/1 Salazon Organic Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt, 3 oz
$0.75/1 Zenify – Natural Stress Relief Drink, 12 oz
$0.75/1 SunButter – Natural Peanut Butter Substitute, 16 oz
$0.75/1 Chia Seeds – Xiomeg3, 10 oz
$0.75/1 Oxylent – Daily Multivitamin Drink, 30 ct
$0.75/1 Runa Brewed Organic Guayusa
$0.75/1 Boulder Soup Works Organic Gluten-Free Soup
$1/1 Califia Almond Milk
$1/1 Teeccino Herbal Coffee Tee-Bags
$1/1 Teeccino Herbal Coffee
$0.75/1 Sipp Sparkling Organic Soda
$1/1 Califia Iced Coffee+ Almond Milk
$0.25/1 sweetriot Organic Dark Chocolate Bars

You simply purchase these items at any store that carries them (including Target, Walmart, Whole Foods, Sprout’s and more), take a picture of your receipt and then your money will be put into your account within 24 hrs. You can deposit this money into Paypal or exchange it for gift cards! Best of all, you can also use COUPONS along with these offers. You’ll find many coupons for these brands available in Hopster!

Sign up for BerryCart today!  This is only available currently for iPhone but coming soon for Android. If you’re an Android user, go ahead and sign up anyway so you’ll be first to know when you can use it with your Android phone.

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Tips for Exercising in the Summer Heat

Posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Diet and exerciseOne great way to stay healthy is to get plenty of exercise. Doing so also can help people to lose weight. The hot, humid, weather that comes with summer can make exercising a bit more difficult – and sometimes even dangerous. Here are some tips that will help you stay safe while exercising in the summer heat.

Avoid Dehydration
The Mayo Clinic points out that exercising in hot weather puts extra stress on your body. The hot and humid weather can cause your body to overheat. Sweating in hot weather can lead to dehydration.

One simple way to avoid dehydration (and heat related illnesses) is to drink plenty of fluids. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink some water or a sports drink. Make an effort to keep yourself hydrated before you start feeling thirsty or exhausted.

Avoid the Heat
Pay attention to the weather forecast. How hot will it be today? Check to see if there is a heat alert or heat advisory going on. If so, it would be a good idea to avoid the heat by choosing an alternate exercise activity. Consider visiting an air-conditioned gym or YMCA instead of going outside for a run. Swimming, in an indoor pool, may be a safer choice when the weather is too warm to exercise outdoors.

Another good way to avoid the heat is to exercise in the early morning or late evening. You will want to avoid the mid-day sun (when the weather will be at its hottest). In other words, try and avoid exercising from 10:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon on hot days. Pick a different time. It can be helpful to find shady areas to exercise in so you won’t be in direct sun the entire time.

Avoid Sunburn
Some people get so focused on their exercise routine that they forget to protect their skin from the sun. Make sure you put sunscreen on before you go outside. The Mayo Clinic notes that a sunburn can actually decrease your body’s ability to cool down. Sunburn also hurts and can increase the risk of skin cancer. Consider choosing a sunscreen that is water and sweat resistant.

Listen to Your Body
Active.com says that you really need to listen to your body while you are exercising in the summer heat. Pay attention to it! If you start to feel dizzy, faint, or nauseous – those are signs that you need to stop exercising immediately. Get into some shade, rehydrate, and take a break.

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Save 20% on Lemons & Limes + SavingStar Now Available at More Stores!

Posted on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 at 9:46 am
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It’s Tuesday! Time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Lemons & Limes at participating retailers.

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 7/21/2014.

*** BIG NEWS *** SavingStar can now be used at Walmart, Target, Kmart, Meijer, Walgreens, Dollar General, Family Dollar, and WinCo! Simply download their app for iPhone or Android and upload your receipt to get cash back when you shop at any of these stores!

 

 

 

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Things to Seek Out in a Sunscreen

Posted on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Applying SunscreenSummer time is when a lot of people go on vacation and spend time outdoors. It is very important to protect your skin from the sun. Sunburn can be painful and it causes damage to your skin. One way to prevent that is by using sunscreen. Not all sunscreens are the same, though! Here are some things to seek out when selecting a sunscreen.

The purpose of sunscreen is to prevent sunburn. There are two ways that sunscreen can do this. Some of them only protect your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet B rays (or UVB rays). Some only protects against ultraviolet A rays (or UVA rays). A sunscreen that only provides protection from one of those is insufficient. You need to be protected from both types of radiation.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has put together some helpful information for consumers who are interested in purchasing sunscreen. One important thing to know is that you should be looking for sunscreens that are “broad spectrum”. This means that the sunscreen protects against both UVB rays and UVA rays.

Under FDA regulations, only products that have passed a broad spectrum test are allowed to put the words “broad spectrum” on their sunscreen’s label. If you see “broad spectrum” on a sunscreen, you can be assured that it truly does protect against both UVB and UVA rays (and that it was tested to make sure).

Another important thing to look for in a sunscreen is its Sun Protection Factor (SPF). The SPF is a number that gives some indication as to how much protection from the sun it provides. Select a sunscreen that is at least SPF 15. Of course, higher numbers indicate even better protection, so don’t be afraid to choose a sunscreen that has a higher SPF number.

Avoid sunscreen that has an SPF that is lower than 15. The FDA now requires those sunscreen products to come with a warning. “Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging”.

What about the sunscreens that say they are water resistant? The FDA regulations require the sunscreen labels that make the claim of being water resistant to designate if it is protective for 40 or 80 minutes while swimming or sweating. This gives you a clear idea about when you need to reapply the sunscreen.

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Save 20% on Fresh Tomatoes ~ This Week Only!

Posted on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at 1:00 pm
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It’s Tuesday! Time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Tomatoes at participating retailers.

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 7/14/2014

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Look for the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal

Posted on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Revised-Seal-copyWe all want to be able to make the best food choices for our families. Reading the labels on packages of food can help. Unfortunately, the current food labels don’t point out if there are any GMO ingredients in a package. That is why you should look for the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal. It identifies products that were made according to the best practices for GMO avoidance.

The Non-GMO Project is North America’s only independent verification for products made according to the best practices for GMO avoidance. They only allow products that have gone through their verification process to display their seal.

They require ongoing testing of all at-risk ingredients. Any ingredient that was being grown commercially in GMO form must be tested prior to use in a verified product. They use an Action Threshold of 0.9%. This matches up with the laws in the European Union (where any product that contains more than 0.9% GMO must be labeled). They also require rigorous traceability and segregation practices to be followed, in order to ensure ingredient integrity through to the finished product.

It should be pointed out that the products that receive the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal are not 100% GMO free. Instead, the label offers a true statement that acknowledges the reality of contamination risk from GMOs in the products that have the label. It is also worth knowing that foods that have the phrase “GMO free” on their labels have not necessarily gone through any testing or checking for GMOs. The best way to be certain about the amount of GMO ingredients in a food is to see if it has the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal.

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