Life Insurance 101

Mommy Greenest image of my three children walking away on a street, to demonstrate why I feel I need life insurance.
These are my three kids. This is why we have life insurance.

Life insurance seems like a scary thing, but — especially if you have kids — it’s something to think about. I never really thought about it until I had children. But it makes sense. If something were to happen to me or my husband, I want my children to still have the financial support that we give them now. 

That’s why I was interested in Fabric, the company that sponsored this post. In addition to a free will service, Fabric offers life insurance for less than $14 per month, and application takes just ten minutes online. It was started by parents and designed with us in mind. Want to learn more? Read on!

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Hard Seltzer: Too Good To Be True?

mommy greenest hard seltzer image of hard seltzer can with too good to be true written across the photograph

Since my daughter came home from college, there are always a few cans of hard seltzer in the fridge. Hard seltzer is the wine cooler of the 21st century, apparently. They’re low-calorie, sweeter than beer, and measurable (unlike vodka shots, another popular party drink for Gen Z). But until I looked into it, I had no idea what kind of crap can be in these cans! Want to know more? Read on!

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Stop Junk Mail: It’s Fast, Easy, and Free

How to stop junk mail: Photo of unwanted junk mail catalogue

I didn’t request this junk mail catalogue. I didn’t order anything from this company or agree to be on their mailing list — yet, somehow, I am. Junk mail is the same thing as spam email — you buy or sign up for something and the company sells your information to another company, who sells it to someone else, and so on. 

And I’m sick of it. All that paper — those poor trees! Not to mention the carbon footprint of sending unwanted coupons, credit card offers, insurance solicitations, and catalogues to me and every other person who never asked for them. So I did a little research and discovered that it takes just a few minutes and costs nothing to get off of junk mail lists. Let’s do this!

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Natural Sleep Aid: Prima CBD Giveaway!

natural sleep aid prima cbd giveaway sleep tight and bath bomb

As I shared recently, night sweats wreak havoc with sleep. Because they wake you up. Two, three, four times a night. It’s like having a newborn all over again, but the baby is your own damn self. And once you wake up sweaty, it’s really hard to get back to sleep again. I’ve tried sheep. I’ve counted backward. I’ve experimented natural sleep aids like melatonin, which seem to wear off around 2 a.m. and can leave me with a headache. I’ve tried the mantra I was given by my yoga teacher: inhale on “so” exhale on “hum,” which roughly translates to “I am the universe and the universe is me.” (But also reminds me of Winnie the Pooh, strangely?)

Sometimes these things work, and sometimes they don’t — and those times are hell.

So when Prima invited me to become an affiliate* and offered to send me a bottle of their Sleep Tight CBD natural sleep aid, I was intrigued. Want to learn more, score a 15% discount on everything prima — and, possibly, win some Sleep Tight (plus their cult-favorite Bath Gem) for yourself? Read on!

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Night Sweats Are No Joke

So… very… tired. Photo by Pim Chu on Unsplash

Night sweats are no joke! And it’s time to take this reality out of the closet and own it. Just like our grandmother’s generation didn’t talk about periods, ours doesn’t want to admit to aging. But guess what? You can invest in all the expensive face creams and neck serums you want — at some point, you’re going to stop getting your period. Like I did. Which is normal. Because I’m 50. 

But here’s a surprise: The night sweats still aren’t over. I remember my stepmother telling me that her mother, who passed away at 100, still got them as an octogenarian. I didn’t believe her then, but now I’m starting to worry. So I did some research and here’s what I learned:

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You’ve Got (Custom Invitations in the) Mail!

vintage wedding announcement custom invitations

When my husband and I got married, back in the dark ages of the 1990s, custom invitations were prohibitively expensive. We’re both pretty creative and share a weird sense of humor and what we wanted — a four-part custom invitation “experience” created with translucent paper and card stock — was definitely out of our price range. So we did what any resourceful and relatively poor twenty-something engaged couple would do: We went to my husband’s work after hours and “borrowed” their industrial printers.

When you opened the envelope, the first card you saw was a cropped photograph of couple dancing — he in dark pants and she with a full white skirt that’s fluid with motion — with the word “wedding” printed underneath. Through the vellum, you could read our names, the date and time, and the location. But when you flipped over that card, the next revealed two monkeys above that information. 

Funny, right?

You kind of had to be there but honestly, the joke was on us. Because if you calculated all the time we spent printing and photocopying our custom invitations, manually cropping with the gigantic guillotine that I was terrified would cut my fingers off, and gluing the images onto the cards so that they were perfectly aligned (impossible), our wedding invitations probably cost six months’ worth of the minimum wages we were making at the time.

My, how things have changed. Spring is the season for announcements — from graduation to wedding to baby — and I recently discovered an online option that changes the entire custom invitation and card-making game. It’s ridiculously more affordable and totally easy-peasy — which is perfect, because I am way too old to “borrow” a printer. Want to learn more — and score a 15% off discount? 

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Get Ugly: Easy DIY Skin Rejuvenating Facial

It’s out of control. Probably because I’m part of a demographic that will spend what seems like any amount of money to regain some semblance of our once-youthful appearances, but I am blasted daily by advertisements for creams, potions, serums, and injections that claim to be the fountain of youth. And they don’t come cheap: Many of these at home skin rejuvenating facials cost $30 a pop! I recently read about a skincare “protocol” (omg that word, even) that costs TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS a month. That’s a house payment, people! Don’t get me started on those individualized at-home facials — many made with toxic chemical ingredients — each packaged in its own little pod of totally non-recyclable plastic.

You might remember one facial that went viral when Drew Barrymore published photographs of herself with the tight and crackling skin that is the mask’s hallmark. So I did a little research, and realized that one key ingredient in her facial — among many others — is also found in the facial that I’ve been using on the regular since I was a teenager. It doesn’t come in plastic, it’s totally and completely natural, and it costs THIRTY CENTS. Yes, really. 

Want to get the scoop on my easy DIY skin rejuvenating facial? Read on!

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Anna Getty’s Immunity-Boosting Ginger Lemon Tisane

Anna Getty's Immunity Boosting Ginger Lemon Tisane Recipe

With all the talk these days about immunity, I thought it was time to check in with Anna Getty, the chef behind the delicious, healthy, mainly plant-based, low-sugar, often lectin-free recipes and food inspiration at Amalgam Kitchen. Anna’s been sharing nutritious advice with me for more than a decade, so when she offered to teach me how to make this easy, immunity-system supporting tisane recipe, I jumped at the chance. Want the recipe?

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