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Oct 7, 2021

Easy Ways To Take Care of Your Mental Well-Being

With the hustle and bustle of life, it's easy to put yourself and your needs on the backburner. However, when you ignore your needs, you'll find that you eventually burn out. When you face burnout, you might find that you are tired more than usual, have greater anxiety and are unmotivated to do even simple tasks. 

When things get terrible, you might find that you have to see a doctor or use holistic learning materials to feel better. To avoid letting things get out of control, you need to take time for yourself. Here are some simple ways you can take care of yourself physically and emotionally. 

Choose Good Foods

If you have a diet primarily made up of processed, fatty foods, you're probably not feeling the best. A poor diet harms how your body functions. You will likely find that you lack energy and have a hard time thinking clearly. 

To avoid feeling crummy and not thinking clearly, you should eat whole foods. Your body needs the vitamins and minerals in fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. If you eat meat, choose lean, lower-fat options. 

Work on a Hobby

When you do things you love, you will likely find that you're more relaxed and can think more clearly. Hobbies don't have to be anything overly expensive or creative. You could enjoy a nice warm bath and read a book. Work in the garden while listening to a podcast. If you love woodworking, then build some cabinets. You just want to make sure that you're doing something you enjoy. Your life shouldn't just be about other people and work. You matter, too.

Learn To Say No

Sometimes telling someone you don't want to do something can be challenging. You don't want to come off as rude and have them think poorly of you. However, your mental well-being should always be more important than someone's feelings about you. If you don't have the time to do something or it will be too much of a stretch to make it happen, just say no. Explain to the person that you wish you could help, but you just won't be able to work. Anyone who respects you and cares about you will understand. 

Get Moving

Exercise is sometimes thought of as a wonder drug because even a little bit can make a huge difference. Find ways that you can move more each day. Perhaps go for walks in the evenings after dinner, or go to the gym before work. No matter what you do, you're going to see an improvement in your mood and thought processes. 


Oct 4, 2021

Celebrate Halloween with Muffin’s Halloween Costume Contest and #LoveLittleBites + A Giveaway

***This giveaway is closed***
The winner is Linda T. Congratulations! 
Happy Fall, y'all! I don't know about you, but I just love this time of year. There is just something about when the seasons change, and things start to cool down. Halloween is coming up, so it's time to get ready for class parties and trick-or-treaters. If you are looking for non-candy goodies to send into your child's class, you should consider *Little Bites snacks. Kids (and their parents) love them, and you can feel good about them being in portion-controlled packs, and they contain no high fructose corn syrup and zero grams of trans fat per serving. 

Our favorite variety during this time of year is the limited edition pumpkin muffins. We definitely stock up since they aren't around for very long. Of course Little Bites snacks come in a wide variety of options to choose from, featuring real ingredients such as chocolate chips, blueberries, and strawberries. 

Right now, Little Bites is running an Instagram contest for Halloween. Here's the scoop: 

Information about Muffin’s Halloween Costume Contest:

  • Fans can visit Little Bites® official Instagram page daily to locate an image of Muffin the dog on Instagram Stories, which fans can screenshot and use as a blank canvas to create his unique Halloween costume by drawing/dressing him with various gifs, emojis and coloring using Instagram drawing tools.
  • After you customize the image, you can post the design to your Instagram Story and tag the brand @LittleBitesSnacks as your official entry. Be sure to include the hashtag #contest in your entry. 
  • Each Friday, four winners will be chosen based on creativity and originality to win exciting prizes, including a year’s supply of Little Bites® product (52 coupons) and a $250 gift card for Halloween supplies. 
Entry Period 1: October 4 - October 7 (Winners selected: Friday, October 8)
Entry Period 2: October 11- October 14 (Winners selected: Friday, October 15)

Mom Files is thrilled to offer our readers a sweet prize pack giveaway including a $25 Visa digital gift card (for online purchases only) and (3) coupons for up to $5.29 off the purchase of any Entenmann’s® Little Bites® courtesy of Entenmann's. Enter below:

This giveaway is open to U.S. Residents only and ends on October 14, 2021. Must follow rules in Rafflecopter. One winner will be chosen randomly. Mom Files is not responsible for any lost or stolen prizes. Good luck!

*The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Little Bites® so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Little Bites®. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Little Bites®.

Sep 27, 2021

The Best Nail Products To Simplify Your DIY Manicure Routine

Taking the time to sit and do your nails at home is so much more than a task to achieve appealing nails, as it's also a form of self-care, specifically for those who enjoy nail art.

And while there are several essentials you should have in your nail kit to create a variety of designs, such as Orly black nail polish, french manicure products, nail polish remover, and others, we've listed a few products that will simplify your DIY routines. These products will enable you to achieve glamorous and detailed designs without having to struggle at all. 

A Nail Stamp Set
There's no doubt that you've probably already seen a ton of nail stamping tutorials on various social media platforms. And while nail stamping is incredibly satisfying to watch, it's even more gratifying to try. 

Nail stamp sets are also pretty inexpensive, although the cheaper sets don't always work too well, so you should rather spend a little more for a quality set that will last you quite a while. 

Adhesive Nail Stickers
Quality adhesive nail stickers are another fantastic product you won't regret trying out. These are exceptionally straightforward to use, as you stick them on and paint over the nail with a quality clear top coat to seal the adhesive sticker in properly. 

What's more, you can achieve the most detailed nail designs with adhesive stickers. And because there's such a massive variety to choose from, you can switch up your nail set every week, and you'll likely never run out of new design ideas either. 

Half-Moon Guides And Straight-Line Guides
With half-moon guides and straight-line guide adhesive nail stickers, you'll be able to section off areas of your nail and paint precision lines without any hassle. These products are an absolute must-have for every nail kit as they ensure you can create professional nail sets with ease. 

Peel Off Latex Polish
We've all experienced the frustration of messing while painting our nails and then battling to remove the dry polish from skin and cuticles without ruining the design. Fortunately, there's a perfect solution out there in the form of peel off latex polish.

This latex polish is painted around the nail to dry. Once it's dry, you can paint your nail comfortably and then peel off the latex polish to reveal an impeccable manicure with absolutely no mess at all. 

Press-On Nail Sets
Press-on nails may have previously been considered tacky and unappealing options for a quick manicure. Although things have changed quite a bit, there are quality press-on nail sets out there that you won't regret buying. 

The quality press-on nail sets won't fall off at the slightest touch, and some can even be reused a few times. These are perfect for those days when you don't have enough time to do your nails.

Nail products and sets are also great gift ideas for beauty lovers. However, there's no reason you can't gift yourself these excellent products to simplify your nail routines and achieve professional results every time.

Sep 23, 2021

How to Keep Up With a Blog

Blogging, much like any other form of communication or writing, takes work. It is no wonder then that many bloggers get discouraged when their blogs seem to be less than updated on a regular basis. Here are a few ways you can make yours stand out among the rest. 

Create an Account

How to keep a blog up and running, then, begins by creating a blog account, like Julio Herrera Velutini, for example. The first step in the process is choosing a blogging platform. There are many different platforms available to bloggers, but the two that are among the most popular are WordPress and Blogger. If you choose a platform that has less flexibility, then it may be more difficult for you to update your blog. However, if you choose a blog host that offers a lot of options, then you will have greater flexibility in the way that your updates are delivered to your readers. In addition, when it comes to making your own blog posts, there are a number of tools available to make things easier on yourself.

Choose a Domain

The first thing you will need to do when you want to keep up with a blog is to choose a domain name for your blog. If you cannot decide upon a name, you may wish to take a look at some of the popular blog names to see what is being blogged about in the marketplace. You may also try using your favorite catchphrases to come up with a catchy name for your blog. Once you have chosen a name for your blog, the next step is to create your blog's theme. Since your blog will be hosted on your server, this is an important step to consider. 

Update Your Blog

Another important factor you need to consider when learning how to keep up with a blog is to update your blog frequently. Even if you post new material on a regular basis, there is still a chance that it will not be noticed by readers unless you specifically instruct them to do so. For example, if you were writing about the latest trends in real estate, you would want people to take notice of your blog entries. To make sure that your blog is noticed, set aside some time each day to post new material to your blog. This will allow you to know how many people are visiting your blog on a daily basis.

HTMLs, Trackers

As you learn how to keep up with a blog, you may also want to include some sort of tracker on your blog site. This is useful in that you can easily track how many blog entries you have made and how many new links you have posted. By using a tracker, you can easily track updates to your blog. If you do not want to use a tracker, you can include an HTML link at the bottom of every blog post or update in order to track updates yourself. The easiest way to include an HTML link is to include the text "click here to view more" in your post or update. Trackers can help you save time as well as provide you with a source of statistics regarding how often you are updating your blog.


Sep 15, 2021

5 Reasons You May Qualify For Special Enrollment

Each year, those who rely on Obama care plans for health insurance sign up during the open enrollment period with the ability to stick with or select a new plan in the upcoming year. There are also several reasons why a person may qualify to sign up or change their plan outside of open enrollment, including: 

1. Change in Marital Status

If you got married or divorced outside of an open enrollment period, you will likely qualify to sign up for a new plan. Married individuals often sign on to a joint plan, which tends to be more economical than having two individual plans. 

Those who get divorced are also able to sign onto a new plan as an individual or with children, instead of having to stay on a joint plan with a former spouse. 

2. Moving Somewhere New

Moving is a stressful time for many, especially if you are headed to a new zip code. If you are moving to a new home within the same zip code, you aren't likely to qualify for a new health plan unless the move is accompanied by another qualifying event. 

If you are moving to a new zip code, you will qualify for special enrollment and you can pick a new plan that covers doctors and other healthcare costs in your new area. 

3. Fluctuations in Your Income

Although many people receive a yearly salary or hourly wage and can expect a steady income throughout the year, others earn their living from freelance or gig work. Others still may experience a change in income if they get a promotion at work or lose their jobs and all of which may be qualifying events for a special enrollment period. 

Not all changes in income constitute a special enrollment period, but it's helpful to check with a healthcare specialist when you experience significant income fluctuations to see if you qualify. 

4. Changes in Household Size

Those who welcome a new child into their household, whether through birth or adoption, have plenty to think about, including a change in their healthcare plans. Those who experience a death in the household, or a household member simply moves to another location, must also update their profile in the system and may qualify for the special enrollment period. 

5. Altered Disability Status

If you or someone in your household has either become disabled or has recovered from injuries that kept them from working or everyday tasks, this change in disability status is likely to qualify you for a special enrollment period. 

The plans available to you and your family may be completely different when there is a disability in the household, or the plans may be offered at a different price. 

There are several life changes that may allow you to sign up for an Obamacare plan or change your current plan even outside of the open enrollment period. Any time you experience a significant life change, be sure to update that in the system to see if you need to pick a new plan. 

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