Saturday, February 23, 2019

7 Ways to Save @ somethinspecial.com


Looking for some ways to save money? I've compiled a list of the top 7 savings tips for shopping on somethinspecial.com!

1. Free sniffies! Who doesn't love free? Be sure and grab your 2 free sniffies with every paid order.

2. Scent of the Month: Every month there is a new scent of the month with 20% off all sample size products in that scent. If you never want to miss one, sign up for the newsletter here. You'll also get a coupon code for 10% when you sign up.

3. Sign up for the newsletter and get a coupon code for 10% as well as some fun freebies.

4. Earn rewards every time you shop and redeem them for cash back off future purchases. You can see your accumulated rewards here. Make sure you log into your account so all your rewards accrue in one place.

5. If you just want the small sizes of any products, use the Build Your Own Gift Set, you'll receive an automatic 10% off, a free gift bag, a free gift card and a free crystal!

6. The risk free mini perfume oils and mini perfume sprays are a great way to try any of our scents. And if you don't like them, you can get a replacement in a different scent or a refund.

7. Sign up for the monthly Treat Yo Self subscription set. Valued at $55, you only pay $20, with free US shipping!

You also save the animals when shopping cruelty-free and save the planet when shopping an eco-friendly business!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Sport: Hiker | Challenge: Seasonal Exercise Induced Asthma | Solution: Primatene Mist


All my life I have had seasonal exercise induced asthma, but I didn't know it until 7 years ago. After years of building up my lung functions, hiking 4 miles a day and climbing mountains, it stopped bothering me. Except when it gets cold from Christmas Day to the end of February (I live in the southwest, moving to a new city every year).

My temporary solution has always been Albuterol, but I don't like how it makes me feel. Plus explaining to a new doctor every year and getting a prescription for about 20 uses seems silly, since it subsides in March. My temporary solution has been to hike slowly, doing all the things they say helps; like warming up, breathing through my nose and breathing through a scarf to warm up my breath. I've also eliminated any inflammation foods from my diet (I took one of those mail in hair tests) and I've been vegan for a year (so no dairy or cheese, which can be a mucous trigger). After only doing 1.64 miles yesterday and wheezing during and after, it was time to call my doctor.

But, I remembered about 6 years ago when I started to tackle this, I used an OTC inhaler called Primatene Mist. I know it was pulled from the market, but I thought, WTH, I'll do a quick Google search before I call my doc.

It's back and it was at my local CVS. I drove over there, still wheezing, and bought one.

Today, fingers crossed, I took 2 puffs before hitting the trails. I finished my 4 miles without any issues at all. I am in heaven.



Not only do I feel energized and ready to tackle the world, but my daily hikes are also my moving meditation and education sessions. Without them, I go a little crazy. They help me clear my mind so I can concentrate on the big picture or no picture at all, depending on what my meditation needs are that day. I also spend over 1/2 the hiking time listening to podcasts, so I'm learning something new every day. Plus, I've chosen to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, so I can run all over my Sedona red rocks daily.

So, I guess my message is never stop trying new things and never stop researching ways to keep yourself in optimum health. You are in charge of your health and you are your best advocate. Period. And with all the new advances in medicine and the wealth of all medical knowledge at your fingertips, ignorance is a choice.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and I highly advise you do your research before trying Primatene Mist. Here's a link to all the facts you need to help make a proper decision.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Have you tried lotion massage bars yet?


One little all natural bar provides so many uses! Here are the top 6:


These lotion massage bars may be small, but they are a moisturizing powerhouse. I originally designed these to heal the dry skin on my feet from daily hiking, mostly focusing on my heels and callouses. What I didn't know was how many other ways I can use it to combat dry and cracked skin. Plus it makes an excellent body massage lotion to ease and soothe tense muscles. They easily melt from your body heat, making it very convenient to use. And no worries about it leaking, so it's traveling and backpack ready.

You can find out more HERE

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Simple Tutorial on How to Make Your Own Scratch Off Cards

I wanted to try something new this holiday season and after looking around the nets, I discovered scratch off cards. They are super easy to make and customize for your business promotions.

I ordered up the blank business cards and scratch off stickers from Amazon. I chose white cards (for an inkjet printer, I use a Canon printer) and square hologram scratch-off stickers (they offer circle shapes, gold and silver colors too).



I designed my card using the business card template in MS Publisher. Then printed the cards and applied the stickers. I had to test one to make sure it works :)
Then I bent the card stock paper and separated the cards, gave them a good shuffle and added them to every order in December. It was really easy and fun to send them out.

I chose to offer a coupon code discount with an expiration date, but you can do this with giveaways too. I've seen them used for gender reveals at baby showers, baby shower and bridal shower games and pregnancy announcements. They are great for any occasion where you have a secret or a surprise to reveal.

I'll be switching out the snow/flake/man decor for a Valentines Day special in January. It's a fun way to connect with your tribe and offer them a little thank you gift too.

If you have any questions on how to make/design/print these cards or wants a copy of my MS Publisher (2007 folks) template, leave me a comment below!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

3 Good Reasons to Shop Cruelty-Free

Shopping cruelty-free has many benefits. Quite often we don’t pay attention to where the products we purchase come from and what the process is when they are made. There are many benefits to taking a few extra minutes when shopping for cruelty-free products. Below you will find the top 3 reasons you should shop cruelty-free.

Reason 1 –
Cruelty-free products often use fewer chemicals. This can be very beneficial to our bodies and others around us. Example: If you use aerosol cans for hair products and other grooming products the spray simply puts more chemicals into the air adding to air pollution and hurting not only yourself but others around you.

Reason 2 –
Going green are big trending words these days but it also has many benefits in itself. Larger companies are slowing down their process to create these products causing them to become more aware of not only of the importance in how the products are made but what the process is that gets the product out the door. From the creation of the product all the way down the packaging of the products they are using more sustainable ingredients and creating more cruelty-free products.

Reason 3 –
For those who are shopping for cruelty-free products realize that they are giving back and saving other animals in the process. Quite often products that are designed cruelty-free have fewer chemicals in them, which is safer for humans but they also have changed the way they process their products saving the lives of animals along the way.

In the end, switching to cruelty-free products help save our planet as well as it benefits us. There is much satisfaction in knowing where your products come from and that they are safer for you, your family, and the planet. So just take the time to look into it before you go shopping and see for yourself how cruelty-free products can benefit you.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Top 5 Reasons to try Vegan

The world needs our help; there is no doubt about that. For moral reasons, it is our obligation to do our part and to lessen our massive ecological footprint on our planet earth. Going vegan is more than just what you eat. It’s part of a way bigger picture that many may not be aware of.

Here are the top 5 reasons on why you should give veganism a try:

1.  Save animals. Those two words alone are enough for many.  Not eating animals prevents less animals being slaughtered. So use agave instead of bee’s honey, instead of wearing fur, how about faux fur and instead of applying animal tested make-up, go for the cruelty free products that don’t test on them.

2.  Stop animal abuse.  This reason ties in with the first point; however the abuse is something that many turn a blind eye to.  Don’t participate in events that cause pain to animals for our entertainment purposes. Why watch an elephant in pain just so we can cruelly sit on them for a little fun? Or see the lions in zoos wither away being stuck in a cage so we can pass by for an hour of fun?

3.  Diet. For many it’s health reasons. Our stomachs take a long time to digest meat and both meat and dairy can open the door for various diseases. So opt out of animal products both in food and everyday items and lower your risk of diseases.

4.  Increase your mood! Here's a fun fact. By not eating meat, you avoid eating the hormones and antibiotics the animals are forced to take.  Eliminating this, sparks energy in your body so you won’t feel the sluggish symptoms that comes with eating meat and dairy.

5.  Environment. Another fun fact. Water needed to feed animals that are meant for our consumption requires almost 6 times the amount of water (per tons) needed to water our crops for consumption. Being vegan, you’re contributing to the lessening of our water waste.

I know I've been "beating the vegan drum" alot lately, but since I became vegan I'm discovering all the ways that it helps my body, my mind and our planet. And I just wanted to share these insights with anyone who is interested.


I do take a daily multi-vitamin which helps me prevent any B12 and Vitamin C deficiencies. Here's a link if you want to check it out: