Circa Home Candle Review + GIVEAWAY

Enter Now - HoneyFlower Sandalwood Candle Pack - EatHealthyLiveFit.comThis week, I’m reviewing the Circa Home Honeyflower & Sandalwood Classic Candle, and Gratitude notepad. That also means GIVE-AWAY TIME!!! The Give-away is brought to you by Nuffnang and Circa Home.

I was very excited to receive the package in the post today. The candle came in a beautifully designed baby blue box along with a cute gratitude notepad, as you can see below.

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The candle has a stunning smell, of Honeyflower and Sandalwood. Sandalwood is a great essential oil for inducing clarity and calmness, due to its therapeutic benefits. It doesn’t just smell nice, it has a great effect on your overall well-being and mental health!

Each candle has been handmade in Australia using natural soy wax, high quality fragrant oils and uses lead-free cotton wicks. The glass jar and packaging are 100% recyclable. The lid can used as the base of the warm candle.

Gratitude Note Pad ME - EatHealtyLiveFit.comHere is an example of me using the “Today I am grateful for…” notepad. “Today I am grateful for being given the opportunity, by Nuffnang and Circa Home, to review this beautiful candle and cute little note pad.”

Here is a free download of the “Today I am grateful for…” Postcard, if you would like to note what you are grateful for today.

 

 

 

GIVE-AWAY TIME!
Circa Home are giving you too, the opportunity to try out their beautifully smelling candles and other candle products. If you would like to win a Circa Limited Edition Gratitude Gift Pack, then head over to their competition page to enter.
Here’s what you could win;
Honeyflower & Sandalwood Classic Candle
Honeyflower & Sandalwood Fragrance Diffuser
Honeyflower & Sandalwood Soy Melts
Limited Edition Electric Wax Warmer

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How often should you Clean Household items?

You may think that you are keeping your yourself clean but are you cleaning or even replacing these everyday clothing items properly?

Floors - EatHealthyLiveFit.comFloors
CLEAN: With Wooden, Carpet, Tiled or Laminate Floors, you should vacuum to removes an larger particles, such as crumbs, hair and even particles you can’t necessarily see (such as microscopic dust particles), but are move around every time you walk near or on them. This should be done every week, to avoid nasties growing as well as preventing allergies.
Moping should be done every 1-2 weeks, or basically every time you vacuum.

Blinds Curtains - EatHealthyLiveFit.comBlinds/Curtains
CLEAN: Blinds and Curtains should be dusted and cleaned, for the reason as your flooring. The dust can create allergies. If you can, clean your blinds/curtains just before you vacuum/mop your floors (every 1-2weeks) so that any dust that falls off your blinds/curtains, will then soon be removed off the floor by the vacuum.

Light Switch - EatHealthyLiveFit.comLight Switches
CLEAN: Light switches should be cleaned every 1-2 weeks to remove germs that have been spread by everyone touching them. Simply take a anti-bacterial wipe and walk around the house and wipe all the switches. Don’t spray them with any products as they are electrical and you don’t really want and dampness or liquid getting into the mechanism.

 

 

Door Handles - EatHealthyLiveFit.comDoor Handles
CLEAN: Door handles are every where in your house and these should also be cleaned every 1-2 weeks to remove germs. As with light switches, you can clean them with anti-bacterial wipes. For more dirtier handles, such as in the kitchen, you can spray and wipe them clean.

 

 

 

Fridge - EatHealthyLiveFit.comFridge
CLEAN: Outside of the fridge should be spray and wiped every 1-2 weeks to remove germs near the door handle, as well as removing finger marks and stains on the front of the fridge.
Inside the fridge can be cleaned every month. For some, it may need to be cleaned more often, if you store items that may leak or leave scraps behind, such as condiments and fresh-produce. Remove all the item from the fridge, clean off any sticky or leaking bottles, spray and wipe down all the surfaces in the fridge and then put all the food/condiments back into the fridge that you took out. If you persitently have to clean off a particle shelf due to sticky or leaking bottles or produce, then an easy suggestion is just to put a dish or plate under this item to catch any of the mess, so that you can clean the dish more often and the fridge less often.

Splashback - EatHealthyLiveFit.comSplashbacks
CLEAN: Splashbacks can build up germs and grime quite easily. Water and food particles from using the sink fly onto the splashback and stick. Oil and food spatters from your stove top build up on your splashback. These should be cleaned as regularly as you give your sink [LINK] a proper scrub. In other words, you can clean it every time you use the stove or sink, or if you don’t need to clean it that often, then every week should be fine.

Stove Top - EatHealthyLiveFit.comStove Top
CLEAN: Your Stove-top should be given a quick wipe down every time you use it, even if there is no apparent mess. There may be water stains and oil spatters that you can’t see. For more messy cook spillages, make sure to clean these up straight after your cooking is done, as you don’t want them to dry up and be impossible to clean up later. Just make sure you don’t touch the electric or gas burner, as it will still be hot.

Oven - EatHealthyLiveFit.comOven
CLEAN: The inside of your oven probably needs to be clean the least often of everything in your kitchen. If your food is not constantly spilling over the edges of a baking tray and falling into the electric filament or gas fire cavity, then cleaning your oven can be done every month to every 3 months (every season change – as simple rule of thumb and an easy way to keep track).
The outside of your oven, on the handle and glass door, can be cleaned every 2 weeks, to remove germs, stains and finger marks.

Exhaust Fan - EatHealthyLiveFit.comExhaust Fan Covers (Kitchen and Bathrooms)
CLEAN: Your exhaust fans in your home should be cleaned twice a year, or seasonally (4 times a year) if you prefer. Bathroom/Toilet exhaust fans collect dust and spider-webs. These need to be removed to assist the fans function of removing smells or and steam. Kitchen fans and range-hood fans, will also have dust and spider-webs in them, but they will also have oil build-up that needs to be removed.
To clean the covers, first remove them and take them outside. Now wipe off any webs and dust that has built up. If there is any oil build-up as well then this well need to be cleaned off with a soapy solution. You can fill your bathroom or laundry sink with water and hand or dish soap. Using gloves and a already dirty sprung, clean the cover in the sink of soapy water. Allow to dry and then place the fan cover back in its place.
If you would like to give your bathroom fans a quicker clean, then use your vacuum cleaner without the normal head fitting. If you have a brush head fitting, then that will work great.
NOTE: while your have the cover off, you might as well give the fan itself, a bit of clean, to also remove and spider-webs or dust.

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How often should you Clean or Replace Clothing items?

You may think that you are keeping your yourself clean but are you cleaning or even replacing these everyday clothing items properly?
[With most of these items, replacement should be done when the clothing wears out or doesn’t fit anymore.]

Jeans Track Pants - EatHealthyLiveFit.comJeans/Track-suit pants
CLEAN: Both Jeans and Track-suit (sweat) pants, should be washed about every 5 wears. That could be once a week or fortnight for some.

With Jeans, CEO of Levi says to do wait 6 months before every wash. The reasoning behind this is to “preserve the creases you make, creases that are unique to you. The way you sit, the way you keep your phone in your pocket….you rub off the indigo in certain places; it’s a colour thing rather than a fitting thing”. You can do that if you like, but the hygienic way of looking after your jeans is every 5 wears, as mentioned above.
If you wear Track-suit (Sweat) pants to actually exercise in regularly, and and not just lounge around in, well then you may want to wash them more frequently.

T-Shirt - EatHealthyLiveFit.comT-shirts
CLEAN: These should be washed everyday, or if you’re lucky every 1-2days. There’s not much more to say on that as it is pretty self-explanatory and similar to most other piece of clothing, but it doesn’t really have as many icky factors as tights, underwear/bras and socks.

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Jumpers/Sweaters
CLEAN: This rule of thumb matched the rule for jeans and Track-suit (sweat) pants. Clean these every 5 wears…or more often if needed.

 

 

 

 

Pyjamas - EatHealthyLiveFit.comPyjamas/Nighties
CLEAN: You sleep and sweat in this piece of clothing, so washing these as frequently as every 2 wears, is the way to go.

 

 

 

 

 

Tights - EatHealthyLiveFit.comTights/Stockings
CLEAN: So I don’t know how many of us can actually say we do this, but tights and stockings should be washed after every use. It’s pretty gross but they are actually a great breeding ground for bacterial, fungal and yeast infections.

 

 

 

 

Bras - EatHealthyLiveFit.comBras
CLEAN: Bras should also be washed every 2 wears. They collect, a lot of sweat, even if you’re not a very sweat prone person. They are pressed against you tightly and bacteria love that. You should take care when washing bras. Either wash them by hand in the sink, or wash them using a “delicates” washing bag (all bra stores sell them). Don’t just throw the bras into the washing machine, as they will get damaged over time. The under-wire can even come out of the bra and jam up the machine.
REPLACE: Bras should be replaced first and foremost, when the bra stops supporting you. But that’s a great topic for another article in itself.

Underwear - EatHealthyLiveFit.comUnderwear & Socks
CLEAN: So this is probably the most obvious one. Your underwear should be cleaned EVERYDAY and every time you have a shower/bath (basically every time you’re clean, you should also put on clean clothes and underwear)! If you need to, after a sweaty day or something, then freshen up with a new pair too.

 

 

 

 

Socks - EatHealthyLiveFit.comCLEAN: Socks should also be done everyday, or more often if you need to. Bacteria and fungus love the heat and sweat in your socks….and your underwear.

 

 

 

 

 

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How often should you Clean or Replace Everyday items?

Clean Everyday Items (Germs)-EatHealthyLiveFit.comYou may think that you are keeping your house clean but are you cleaning or even replacing these everyday items properly?
Purse Wallet - EatHealthyLiveFit.comPurse/Wallet
CLEAN: Your Wallet or Purse should be cleaned every week . You may not think this is necessary but think about how much it is handled. How much money has gone in and out of it. Money that has been handled by others, and who knows where those hands have been.
Cleaning your wallet or purse is as simple as wiping it with a anti-bacterial wipe. You may already have some of these in your bag, that you keep your wallet or purse in.
REPLACE: As you will be cleaning your wallet or purse regularly, it really only needs to be replaced once it starts to fall apart or you need a change of style. Continue reading

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How often should you Clean & Replace Bedroom items?

Lady Sleeping - EatHealthyLiveFit.comYou may think that you are keeping your house clean but are you cleaning or even replacing these Bedroom items properly?

BedSheets-CLEAN-EatHealthyLiveFit.comBed-sheets
CLEAN: Who doesn’t like getting into bed, with a fresh set of sheets?! That’s because all the energy and dirt and potential dust mites have been eradicated. Your bed-sheets should be changed AT LEAST once a week.
An even better way of remembering to change your sheets, is every time you wash your hair, which may be a couple or more times a week. This also enhances the fresh bed-sheets experience even more, when you finally go to bed that night.

 

Fold Doonna Back - EatHealthyLiveFit.comOn another note; yes we have always been trained to make our bed in the morning, but did you know that that is the kindest thing you could do for dust-mites. They love the dark, warm and sweaty bed, you’ve just make for them and you’ve even gone to the trouble of tucking them in. STOP THIS HABIT NOW! No one likes dust-mites! Once you have left your bed in the morning, fold down your doona/bed-spread to the foot of your bed, and open your blinds to let as much of the sun in to shine on your bed. Dust-mites don’t like the sun, and they will die off.
In between changing your sheets, you may also like to put your doona/bed-spread (without any covers on it) on the washing line outside, so it can also get sun on it, in-case there are any dust-mites lurking in there too.
CLEAN: Another sheet is your mattress protector. This should be washed every 3-6 months.
REPLACE: As with other house-hold items, such as bathroom towels and tea-towels, Bed sheets can be replaced when “needed”. i.e. when they are ratty or overly stained or fading from general use. Continue reading

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How often should you Clean & Replace Bathroom items?

You may think that you are keeping your house clean but are you cleaning or even replacing these Bathroom items properly?

Bathroom Towels - EatHealthyLiveFit.comBathroom Towels
CLEAN: If you’re drying your towels correctly then about once a week is good. Once you have dried yourself or your hair, place the damp towel on a towel rack. If your towel rack is wide enough, then lay your towels out unfolded/flat. Do not fold them in half and place then on the rack, damp. This is prevent the inside layer of the folded towel to stay damp and create a mouldy situation and also develop a smell.
Change your hand and floor towels at this same time. Having a few sets of towels is recommended so that whilst one set is in the washing basket or actually washing, you can have at least one set spare set to use.
REPLACE: Towels should be reaplced around every 4-5years. This is mostly because they wear out, not because they are unclean.

ToothBrush - EatHealthyLiveFit.comToothbrushes
CLEAN: Scrub your toothbrush with your finger or thumb under running water, after every tooth-brushing. Also remove any excess water from the brush after washing it, to reduce the amount of bacteria that can grow.
REPLACE: Some say to change toothbrushes every month. This is great if you can do this, as there is a massive amount of bacteria that builds up on your toothbrush after brushing. However if this is not possible, then use your 6-monthly dental appointment as a reminder for your to change your toothbrush. Some dentists even give you a replacement toothbrush every time you go for your routine check-ups.
And that’s a good point too, make sure you get regular dental check-ups, at least every 6 months. You mouth is the beginning of your digestive tract. So you want to make sure it’s as healthy as it can be. Continue reading

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How often should you Clean & Replace Kitchen items?

You may think that you are keeping your house clean but are you cleaning or even replacing these kitchen items properly?

Tea-Towels - EatHealthyLiveFit.comTea Towels
CLEAN: This may vary depending how you use your tea-towels, but they should be washes at least once or twice a week. You should have 2 tea-towels in use at one time. One should be for drying your hand only and one for wiping and cleaning up benches and water, within your kitchen.
As with Bathroom Towels, you should have plenty of spare tea-towels, for rotations between washing days.
REPLACE: Not too often; just judge by their stains, or rattiness. After many washes tea-towels will wear out and need to be replaced. Continue reading

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Stress-relieving Yoga Poses

Stress-relieving Yoga Poses - EatHealthyLiveFit.comYoga is known for its general stress-relieving properties. There are many Asanas (yoga poses) that focus on stress relief and help you feel better in an instant. Stress can be a big part of our lives, and unfortunately, it’s not good for our body and mind. These yoga poses will help you relax and unwind after a stressful day.

  1. Bridge. This pose is good for stress relief because it stretches the back and the thighs thus making room for reduced anxiety, migraines, fatigue, insomnia etc. To do it, lie on the yoga mat on your back, bring your feet to your butt and place your palms on both sides of the body. Slowly lift the lower part of your body first and continue with the back. When you reach a comfortable position (the bridge), breathe and go back to initial. Repeat 10 times.

  2. Savasana. This pose is practiced at every yoga class. It’s called the corpse pose because it helps your body stay in a calm state and relax. It’s accompanied with a breathing technique to help with additional relaxation. For savasana, you should lie on your back and breathe for at least 5 minutes.

  3. Child’s pose. This position can help you rest and relax. It stretches your back and releases tension and stress and it’s so easy to do. Just sit on your feet with knees bent, bring your body towards the floor and your hands stretched above your head and breathe. Remain in this pose for a few minutes.

  4. Puppy. The purpose of this pose is to release tension from the shoulders that are the part of the body with the most stiffness during stressful situations. To perform this pose, sit on the mat with your knees on the floor, lean your body forwards (towards the floor like in child’s pose) and keep your butt in the air. The lower part of your legs and feet should be parallel to the floor. Hold this pose for a few moments and breathe.

  5. Forward bending. This pose offers a lot of stretching and tension relief, especially in the hips and thighs. Stand straight on the mat, bend your knees a bit and bring your body towards your feet, ultimately touching the floor. Bring your head towards the knees as far as you can. Breathe and remain in this pose for a few moments. Slowly move upwards.

  6. The Eagle. This asana will help you relax and get rid of tension in the back, shoulders and legs. Maintain balance is key here, so be prepared. Stand straight on the mat and bend your knees a little. Bring one leg behind the other by twisting it around it. Twist one arm around the other – your palms should touch each other. Remain in this pose for a few moments, than slowly release.

  7. Triangle pose. With this pose, you’ll stretch your legs, back and arms. It helps relieve stress and relax the body. To do it, stand on your yoga mat with straight legs. With your right leg, take a step backwards and turn the foot outwards. Bend your body with the right arm reaching towards the ceiling and the left aimed towards the floor. Bend your body towards the floor to touch it and keep your eyes on the right palm stretched upwards. Hold for a few moments, then go back to initial position and repeat with other side.

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How to Start an Exercise Routine

Don't Stop Confucius - EatHealthyLiveFit.comExercising should be a part of everybody’s life, but some of us are more disciplined and with higher motivation than others. If you’re one of those people who just can’t seem to start an exercise routine, here are some surefire ways for you to start slowly and work your way to progress. You’ll develop self-discipline along the way and the best of all – you won’t regret a minute of your time spent exercising.

The number 1 most obvious thing to do is to make a plan. Find a routine you think you can do and make a plan for it in your week. Assign special days and times for exercising and don’t postpone or cancel. Grab the necessary equipment, call your willpower and together, start the routine. This plan should be specific – for example: working out 20 minutes a day, 4 times a week. You get to choose the dates and time, so this is a good way to practice self-discipline.

Second thing to do is to invest in good, high quality equipment. This includes running shoes, sweatpants, props, weights – whatever you’ll need to remind yourself to benefit from the investment. If you bought an expensive pair of running shoes, you wouldn’t want them to sit unused and you’ll be more likely to get up and running.

Next, set reminders. They don’t have to come in the form of alarms – more like reminders of your goal. For instance, circle the days for exercise on the calendar or place your running shoes where you can see them. When you finish one week of workout regime, reward yourself with something nice. A spa day, a new piece of clothing or a new piece of equipment – anything goes as long as it’s not junk food.

Find an exercise buddy – everybody is more likely to not give up when they have a partner to motivate them. Motivating each other is good for both of you because if one of you starts to show signs of weakness, the other can lift his spirits and make him stay on track.

Don’t push yourself too hard. The initial enthusiasm can disappear in time, so start with your regime slowly and build your way to strength with patience. If you push yourself too hard with exercises you can’t do, you’re more likely to call it quits and go back to your old ways. So, when choosing the regime, bear in mind your own level of fitness and the types of exercises you’d benefit the most from and create your regime based on that information.

Take a break. Exercising every day is fine, but in order to give your body time to tone and create muscle definition, you must set days for taking a break. As a matter of fact, rest is strongly recommended, especially if you’re a beginner because you don’t want to experience sore muscles in the first week and then not being able to exercise the next one. So, besides taking it slow, take some rest too. Your body will thank you for it.

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Fitness May Make Kids Smarter

Exercise Childrens Brains - EatHealthyLiveFit.comMany children today would rather sit in front of the TV or computer or play with their mobile phones all day long and of course, this doesn’t count as physical activity. Then, there are kids who like to exercise, play sports or just be physically active, regardless of the kind of activity. Well, according to a new study, these kids will grow up to be smarter than their non-active peers. Namely, Laura Chaddock-Heyman decided to conduct a study to explore this at the department of psychology at the University of Illinois. Continue reading

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