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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MG Tapped in InstaNatural’s Top Organic Beauty Bloggers!

“Though the blog focuses on an eco-friendly lifestyle, the spirt of EcoStiletto is alive and kicking in her Eco Beauty section, where see features great product reviews, giveaways, and video tutorials. Check out her Guide to Green Beauty, a great resource for beginners to learn about eco-friendly and organic beauty.” Meet the rest of InstaNatural’s Top 15 Organic Beauty Bloggers by clicking here!

AlohaStacia Eco Fashion 4 #ShopDrop2016

“Today, there’s a whole new world of ‘second-hand’ clothing and it’s not your mother’s Salvation Army or musty vintage shop either. I’m talking about pristine $20 Helmut Lang t-shirts on the rack with an $88 Marc Jacob’s jacket. No more dumpster diving, the goods are in mint condition and well-curated, and resale shops or ‘swap’ boutiques are popping up everywhere.” Read the rest of the article on eco fashion blog AlohaStacia.