Traveling During Covid? Here Are Things To Consider Before Heading Out

Traveling During Covid? Here Are Things To Consider Before Heading Out

The world is praying for this horrendous COVID-19 outbreak to end, but in one way or another, we’re likely to have to live with it for at least another year.

While we can’t put a full stop to our activities and lock ourselves in our homes for another six months, the idea of leaving home even for a few hours can raise goosebumps. But if exercising caution, you can go on with your regular activities without threatening your health and wellbeing. You can even travel to certain locations and vacation safely during this pandemic. 

Traveling During Covid? Here Are Things To Consider Before Heading Out

Here is what you need to consider before traveling during Covid-19. 

  • Choose the destination wisely

Before you zero in on the location, consider the level of transmission at the destination. Do not travel to a destination where the transmission level is high. 

Transmission levels can fluctuate, and hence, keep a close eye on it. Plus, check the restrictions and guidelines of the area. Some destinations have permitted the hotels and rentals to operate. Check with the city’s or county’s municipality to know the latest regulations. 

Also, take the guidelines for public spaces and businesses into account for the destination you plan to visit. For instance, the regulations for Outer Banks real estate market, accommodations, restaurants, beaches, etc., may be totally different from the regulations for Miami, Florida. 

Traveling During Covid? Here Are Things To Consider Before Heading Out

Take all these things into account. 

  • Select the right type of property 

Selecting the right property for a vacation is a key to safety during this trying time. While every property is trying its best to overcome the challenges and provide a safe and secure lodging to travelers, staying at a vacation rental is the wisest idea. With fewer occupants, you get to be isolated from other travelers. Hence, vacation rentals are safer and more comfortable. 

However, before you book a vacation rental, check out their shared facilities and amenities, like condominium complex, swimming pool, etc. If the property has shared amenities, find out about their policies regarding mask-wearing and social distancing. Check what is open and what is closed. You may need to book a slot to use shared spaces and amenities at the rental property. 

  • Do not hesitate to ask questions 

Gone are the days when you would select a property and directly book it online. In the Covid world, it is better to contact the host and clear all the doubts and queries before making a reservation. 

Do not hesitate to ask about the sanitation measures they are taking at the property. Book the rental only if you get satisfactory answers. 

Traveling During Covid? Here Are Things To Consider Before Heading Out

  • Cross-check the cancellation policy 

In the times of this pandemic, jurisdictions are tightening and relaxing regulations on a regular basis. It may affect your travel plans. Hence, it is better to book accommodations with a flexible cancellation policy. 

Before booking an accommodation, cross-check the cancellation policy of the rental. If they let you cancel the reservation or change the dates without much hassle, go ahead with bookings, but if the policy is strict, consider other options, or else you may end up losing money. 

  • Carry your own sanitizers

While the accommodations are taking care of sanitization and government-dictated guidelines, it’s always wise to be prepared. Carry your sanitizer cleaners. 

Takeaway 

Traveling during the times of Covid-19 can be risky. But if you plan wisely and take all the precautions, you can enjoy a fantastic and safe vacation. Take a cue from these tips and enjoy a stress-free vacation in this stressful time. 

Boxed Water Launches Four New Flavors

Boxed Water: Say Goodbye to Single Use Plastic Water Bottles

Despite the strides made in ocean cleanup and other cleanup projects, there’s still so much that has to be done to clean up the environment. Unfortunately, we cannot do it on our own, we (individuals and brands) must continuously work together to reverse or at least stop the damages we’ve done to the planet. Since Earth Day is coming up, we want to recognize one brand doing amazing things, including working with consumers to help the planet. With 69 billion plastic water bottles produced in the US each year, now is a good time to take a closer look at just how much we Americans u.se single-use plastic. If you think about the products we use daily, almost everything comes in a plastic container. It’s safe to say we’re addicted. Boxed Water is here to change that with its sustainable packaging and practices, and you can help.

Sustainable Brands: Say Goodbye to Single Use Plastic Water Bottles

We recently had the opportunity to virtually chat with Boxed Water CMO Rob Koenen, where we learned some disturbing facts. Did you know the largest contributor to plastic waste (31%) is beverage bottles? The second (15%) is bottle caps. A New Science Advances Study shows the US generates the largest amount of plastic waste of any country in the world. We were also shocked to learn the amount of plastic the US contributes to the ocean is actually FIVE TIMES greater than originally estimated. Imagine how much cleaner (and safer to animals) the ocean would be if we eliminated this toxic contribution.

Boxed Water: Say Goodbye to Single Use Plastic Water Bottles

Many of you may not know this but Boxed Water Is Better is the leading sustainable alternative to plastic bottles and aluminum cans. they have changed the way packaged water is shipped, sold, and enjoyed, becoming the most sustainable brand in the water aisle. All of Boxed Water’s cartons are 100% recyclable, refillable, and BPA-free. They source the carton paper from trees in well-managed forests, where new trees are continuously planted to replace the ones harvested. Going further, now both the caps and their cartons are plant-based, making the overall company a 92 percent plant-based one.

Sustainable Brand Boxed Water: Say Goodbye to Single Use Plastic Water Bottles

Boxed Water is also a member of 1% For The Planet and partner of the National Forest Foundation and Ocean Blue Project. Together, they have planted over 1,000,000 trees in our National Forests and cleaned thousands of miles of beaches. You can help plant more trees by posting a photo or video of a carton of Boxed Water or favorite houseplant, what you would name your houseplant, and what that name means to you. Tag @boxedwater and hashtag #betterplanet on either post and they will plant two trees.  As if there weren’t enough reasons to love the sustainable Boxed Water, they recently launched a range of flavored waters that are refreshingly delicious.

Boxed Water Launches Four New Flavors

Purified through an eight-step purification process and UV treated, each Boxed Water flavor boasts the crisp, fresh taste you love from the original, with a twist. The four naturally and subtly flavored water options include:

  • Blackberry – a natural brightness for a change of pace
  • Lemon – a classic flavor with a light hint of lemon
  • Cucumber – a spa-influenced refreshing taste
  • Grapefruit – an energizing way to kick start the day

The Lemon and Grapefruit flavors are great to brighten your morning. Grab a Cucumber when you’re treating yourself to a spa day, and the Blackberry is great for when you’re looking for a better alternative to sugary drinks.

Like the original, the Boxed Water flavors have no minerals added and it’s 100% pure. Unlike the classic black and white original packaging, the flavors come in a plant-based carton that features bold pops of color. Replacing your single-use plastic water bottle with Boxed Water Flavored Water, lowers your carbon footprint by 64% and protects our planet from the overuse of single-use plastic bottles and aluminum cans.

Sip into Relaxation: PepsiCo Launches NEW Wellness Beverage, Driftwell

Sip into Relaxation: PepsiCo Launches NEW Wellness Beverage, Driftwell

Everyone has their own way of trying to stay healthy. Many people focus on exercise and make a commitment to going for a jog every day or participating in a cycling class, which can lower the risk of developing cardiorespiratory diseases by 40%. Other people prefer to switch up their diets, integrating healthy foods into their meals and eliminating the junk. And then some would rather work on their mental health and engage in activities like meditation or going to therapy.

Sip into Relaxation: PepsiCo Launches NEW Wellness Beverage, Driftwell

A new option to improve your health has just entered the wellness market and it comes from a rather unexpected source: PepsiCo. The famous beverage brand is well-known for its staple, Pepsi, as well as other soft drinks such as Mountain Dew and Mug Root Beer. Although they’re delicious, these carbonated treats aren’t renowned for their health benefits. Soda is notorious for causing dental issues such as cavities, which about 78% of Americans experience by the age of 17. With so many healthier beverage options on the market, soda isn’t the go-to drink that it used to be for many households.

Sip into Relaxation: PepsiCo Launches NEW Wellness Beverage Driftwell

That’s why PepsiCo is launching Driftwell. Driftwell is an enhanced water beverage that contains L-theanine, which helps promote relaxation. This drink is non-carbonated and is designed to help you unwind from the stressors in your life. Each 7.5-ounce mini can contains 200mg of L-theanine, 10% of the daily value of magnesium, 0 calories, and 0 sugar. The flavor of Driftwell is inspired by the spa and contains soothing hints of blackberry and lavender.

According to PepsiCo, 55% of Americans experience high levels of stress throughout the day and 45% report having trouble sleeping because of stress. About 21% of people also say that they feel more stressed when they can’t sleep, causing a harmful cycle in which you’re stressed out because you can’t sleep and you can’t sleep because you’re stressed out. It’s like when you have a small leak in your plumbing, which one in 10 American households do. You try to use more water more quickly so that the leak doesn’t create a mess, but it only makes it leak more. By creating Driftwell with L-theanine, PepsiCo hopes to help people fall asleep more easily by getting into a relaxing mindset at the end of the day.

Sip into Relaxation: PepsiCo Launches NEW Wellness Beverage Driftwell

Driftwell progressed from conception to execution in less than a year, which is the fastest timeline on record for a beverage brand. An internal competition program at PepsiCo known as “The Next Big Idea” is responsible for fast-tracking the idea. PepsiCo chairman and CEO Ramon Laguarta launched the program last year and Driftwell is its first result. With this program, the company was able to take an employee’s idea for Driftwell and combine it with the practical knowledge of its specialist departments, swiftly bringing the product to the market.

If you want to experience the soothing effects of Driftwell, you can purchase a pack through online retailers. PepsiCo planned to launch the product on retail shelves in select markets at the beginning of 2021, so you should be seeing it soon.

JLo Beauty's That Limitless Glow Sheet Mask Offers Endless Glowing Skin

JLo Beauty’s That Limitless Glow Sheet Mask Offers Endless Glowing Skin

For those unaware, Jennifer Lopez has entered the skincare segment of the beauty market. Her JLo Beauty brand, launched in 2021, joins her makeup and fragrance offerings. The range of skincare products includes multitasking products we love. The range includes a cleanser, serum, face creme, skin booster, eye cream, SPF moisturizer, and sheet mask. Today, we highlight the JLo Beauty That Limitless Glow Sheet Mask.

JLo Beauty's That Limitless Glow Sheet Mask Offers Endless Glowing Skin

The custom 2-piece That Limitless Glow Sheet Mask is soaked in 1 oz of That JLo Glow Serum, this multi-tasking mask tightens, plumps & hydrates thanks to:

  • JLo Beauty Olive Complex: this antioxidant-rich complex features a 4-part olive blend of squalane, fermented oil, extra virgin oil, and leaf extract. It is clinically shown to deliver all-day moisturization and that star glow
  • Yeast-derived ferment: known for its antioxidant and smoothing properties, it leaves your skin silky soft
  • Japanese rice sake ferment: brightens and conditions for a vibrant, magnetic complexion
  • Sugar-derived matrix: brings surface tightening and lifting you can feel immediately

JLo Beauty's That Limitless Glow Sheet Mask Offers Endless Glowing Skin

The That Limitless Glow Sheet Mask is also designed with unique double earloops for incredible staying and sticking power so you can get up and glow. We personally really appreciate the earloops because it benefits the damage caused by the friction from wearing face masks. If you wear face masks that loop around the ears, you’re familiar with the pain and damage it does to your ears. You’ll love the cooling and soothing aspects of this sheet mask.

Naturally, as this is Jennifer Lopez, the JLo Beauty products are huge with celebrities. You may have seen Hilary Duff shared herself testing out the mask; Drew Barrymore shared a JLo Beauty unboxing video to Instagram; Brad Goreski’s Instagram mask routine has brought huge comic relief to the masses.

The 3-pack JLo Beauty That Limitless Glow Sheet Mask ($48.00) is flying off the shelves, but you can also purchase a single mask for $18.00. The popular That JLo Glow in a Multitasking Serum can be yours for $79.00; all are available at Sephora stores and www.sephora.com.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: The Beauty Cloud's Facial in a Box

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: The Beauty Cloud’s Facial in a Box

We’re still in the midst of a stressful time and Mother’s Day is coming up. Since many are still awaiting vaccinations and are still apprehensive about going out, it’s time to rethink gifting. This year, why not give mom the gift of an at-home facial. We love The Beauty Cloud’s Facial in a Box as a great gift for your mom, sisters, best friends, wives and girlfriends, and any other women in your life. For those who have no time or desire to go to the spa, The Beauty Cloud’s facial in a box makes a perfect gift. The brand curates professional-grade products and includes a consultation with a licensed esthetician to deliver spa-quality results in the comfort of your home.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: The Beauty Cloud's Facial in a Box

The Beauty Cloud delivers everything you need for an at-home facial that is made for your skin type. Unlike other beauty boxes with random products, these skincare products are not a one-size-fits-all approach. It is the first professional facial in a box.  Along with the products that are specific to your skin needs, each box also provides help from a certified esthetician who will become your beauty trainer.

For Mother’s Day, The Beauty Cloud’s Mom & Me facial box, $80.00 (not pictured), makes a perfect gift for those who live with their moms, daughters, wives, sisters, or girlfriends. This facial kit built for two. It contains:

  • Perfect Balance Cleanser
  • Radiance Exfoliating Cream
  • Marshmallow Whip Mask
  • Hydrating Lotion
  • 2 Mask Brushes
  • 2 Esthetic Wipes
  • Wooden Applicators
  • Skin Care Samples

For those who live alone or gifting someone who lives alone, The Beauty Cloud offers a variety of facial boxes. Two of our favorites include the Beauty in Bloom Facial Box and Shiny & Bright Beauty Box:

Beauty in Bloom Facial, $85.00

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: The Beauty Cloud's Facial in a Box

This is exactly what you need to wash away winter dullness and welcome the dewy glow of spring. It has everything you need for a soothing, calming, hydrating at-home facial. The Beauty In Bloom Box contains:

  • Strawberry Soufflé Exfoliating Cleanser
  • CoQ10 Rejuvenating Toner
  • Professional Exfoliating Formula
  • Perfecting Clay Mask
  • Hydrating Lotion
  • Lip Saver

Shiny & Bright Facial, $85.00

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: The Beauty Cloud's Facial in a Box

This deluxe facial kit is packed with antioxidant power to brighten and nourish dull, dehydrated skin. Indulge in the exfoliating Cocoa Enzyme, pop open the Sparkling Bubbly Mask, and enjoy a pair of decadent chocolate truffles. The Shiny & Bright Beauty Box contains:

  • Amondola Cleanser
  • Cocoa Enzyme & Activator
  • Sparkling Bubbly Mask
  • Hydra-Radiance Moisture
  • Luxurious Body Soufflé
  • Sparkling Evergreen Mini Candle
  • Two Chocolate Truffles

Could you or do you know someone who could use a professional spa facial this Mother’s Day? Give the gift of The Beauty Cloud and they will enjoy a wonderful day of self-care.

MAËLYS Body Reshaping Collection: Boost Your Skin's Natural Elasticity

MAËLYS Body Reshaping Collection: Boost Your Skin’s Natural Elasticity

As anyone who has passed by a mirror and caught a side view of themselves knows, the struggle with pandemic pounds is very real. Like everyone else who gained weight while being quarantined, your stomach is probably rounder than usual, stretch marks a bit more prevalent, and your skin a bit looser and sagging. Of course, diet and exercise will help to get rid of the extra pounds but your skin’s elasticity will be weak and compromised; this means you’re stuck with the stretch marks and sagging skin. But all hope is not lost; thanks to the skincare products in the MAËLYS Body Reshaping Collection, you’ll be able to lift, firm, plump and smooth your way to sexier curves – the natural way.

MAËLYS Body Reshaping Collection: Boost Your Skin's Natural Elasticity

We already love MAËLYS for their Underboob Deodorant and Breast Exfoliating Stick and fell in love with this skincare collection after just one use. The MAËLYS Body Reshaping Collection features a trio of cruelty-free, clinically proven skin firming and smoothing products; They also happen to be MAËLYS’ top 3 best-selling body reshaping products. We had the pleasure of trying out the products and you absolutely feel it working. We’re only a couple of days into use but we’ll tell you, you will definitely notice the warming sensation and tightening feeling that comes from using the products. The three products include B-TIGHT Lift & Firm Booty Mask, B-FLAT Belly Firming Cream, and B-PERKY Lift & Firm Breast Mask. Get to know this innovative trio below:

MAËLYS Body Reshaping Collection: Boost Your Skin's Natural Elasticity

B-TIGHT Lift & Firm Booty Mask, $49.00: Ready to bid adieu to cellulite and tighten your butt? The B-TIGHT Lift & Firm Booty Mask reduces the appearance of cellulite, increases skin elasticity, and firms the skin around your butt and thighs. What makes this product so good? Check out these amazing ingredients:

  1. Pink PepperSlim – A plant extract that stimulates fat reduction.
  2. Hyaluronic Acid – Helps retain water, keeping your skin moist and plump.
  3. Guarana Seed Extract – Wakes up tired skin by energizing and revitalizing its appearance.

B-FLAT Belly Firming Cream, $49.00: Say goodbye to your stretch marks. B-FLAT Belly Firming Cream is clinically proven to create the appearance of a smoother, tighter, and firmer-looking belly. It helps to fade the appearance of stretch marks for younger-looking stomach skin. The goodness packed in this wonder product includes:

  1. Avocado Extract: Helps prevent the look of stretch marks.
  2. Shea Butter: Keeps the skin flexible, supple, and ready to repair itself.
  3. Pink Pepperslim: Clinically proven to help reduce the appearance of fatty skin.

B-PERKY Lift & Firm Breast Mask, $39.00: For those who haven’t worn a bra in over a year and may need a “lift”, B-PERKY gives natural volume to your bust.  It is clinically proven to give an overall healthy glow and improves the appearance of the bust area. It’s formulated with powerful firming, lifting, and volumizing ingredients such as:

  1. Palmitoyl Isoleucine: Gently firms and plumps the skin.
  2. Kigelia Africana: Helps strengthen loose skin.
  3. Jojoba Oil: Repairs red and damaged skin.

The products in the MAËLYS Body Reshaping Collection are free from parabens and SLS. The products in the collection can be purchased individually or you can get all three for $127.00 on www.maelyscosmetics.com.

Transition From Winter to Spring Skincare with These 4 Beauty Brands

Transition From Winter to Spring Skincare with These 4 Beauty Brands

Just as we do with our wardrobe when one season changes to another, so should we do with our beauty and skincare products. It’s all about transitioning your skincare products to adjust to the changes of the season. This is especially necessary when transitioning from winter to spring skincare. A change of season means a change in temperatures, dryness, environmental debris, etc. With these changes plus the ongoing effects of Maskne, our skin has a lot of adapting to do. Products that may have worked for winter may not work during the warmer spring season. Your skincare choices should reflect that.

Transition From Winter to Spring Skincare with These 4 Beauty Brands

That’s why we’re sharing these wonderful skincare products from Country Bathhouse,  Butter By Keba, Les Creme, and Urban Skin Rx. We’ve been indulging our skin with these skincare products as we slowly move from winter weather to the less harsh spring season.

Country Bathhouse ReNew Activated Charcoal Mask, $36.00

4 Beauty Products to Transition From Winter to Spring Skincare

The Country Bathhouse ReNew Black facial masks clarify and renew with activated charcoal and extreme hydrating ingredients, like hyaluronic acid, organic olive, and jojoba oils; it also boasts antioxidant-rich rooibos, DMAE, and added essential oils. We all know that charcoal gently detoxes the skin to help prevent future breakouts

  1. Have Maskne? The Peppermint and Tea Tree mask has a minty, lively aroma.
  2. The Grapefruit and Lemongrass renewing mask has a bright, citrusy aroma and is great for dry or mature skin.
  3. The Lavender and Frankincense renewing mask has a calming and earthy aroma.

Butter By Keba Body Care, $8.00 – $95.00

4 Beauty Products to Transition From Winter to Spring Skincare

The Butter By Keba is a clean moisturizing fragrance and natural body care line created by Makeba Lloyd.  Her intention can be felt in each product, inducing a calming, natural aroma that isn’t overpowering but just the right amount of fragrance and moisture. We love her Body Butters, which easily absorb into your skin and soothes chronic dry skin. It leaving a light whisper of moisturizing fragrance that you can enjoy throughout the day. The shea butters are full of Vitamins A and E, paraben-free, and made with plant-based oils like grape seed, rice bran oil, and candelilla wax.

Les Creme Daily Detox Face Wash, $29.95

La Creme Daily Detox Face Wash

Les Creme’s signature charcoal soap comes to you in liquid form! Made with real Activated Charcoal for a deeply cleansing, oil-absorbing, and anti-aging experience, the Les Creme Daily Detox Face Wash cleanses away oils, without drying out your skin. This anti-aging cleanser foams to purify pores, then rinses clean, leaving your skin fresh.

Urban Skin Rx

Transition From Winter to Spring Skincare with These 4 Beauty Brands

If you’re looking to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, dark spots, dull skin, rough texture, pore size, and aging skin, look no further than these Urban kin Rx products.

  1. Urban Skin Rx Resurfacing Vitamin C Cleansing Bar, $32.00 – This powerful, multi-tasking cleansing bar will smooth, resurface and brighten a dull complexion. This newest addition to  Urban Skin Rx’s Pro Strength collection, the Resurfacing Vitamin C Cleansing Bar is powered by 2.5% Niacinamide, L-Ascorbic Acid, Lactic Acid, Kojic Acid, Turmeric, and Raspberry Seed Oil. Exfoliate the surface of your skin while enjoying the light aroma of Raspberry to reveal a more even-looking complexion.
  2. Urban Skin Rx Retinol Rapid Repair & Dark Spot Treatment, $25.00 – The Retinol Rapid Repair & Dark Spot Treatment improves the appearance of hyperpigmentation and aging skin, while also improving the look of uneven skin tone, post-acne marks, dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Have you started your winter to spring skincare transition? Would these products help get your skin to glowing health?

Huel Hot & Savory World’s First Nutritionally Complete/Instant Curry Meals

Huel Hot & Savory: World’s First Nutritionally Complete/Instant Curry Meals

Sometimes it can get quite challenging to eat a well-balanced and nutritional meal. The supplement industry is booming for that very reason. We rely on vitamins and supplements to fill in the nutrition we’re missing from our meals. While it helps, it’s much better, to begin with already nutritionally complete meals. This is where Huel’s Hot & Savory range comes in. Huel is the best-selling complete nutrition brand in the world and is famous for its on-the-go powder food. We’re sure they’re astronaut-approved. In September 2020, Huel launched the industry-first complete hot & savory instant meals. They recently added America’s favorite take-out foods options bringing their vegan, hot, and savory complete food offerings to six.

Huel Hot & Savory World’s First Nutritionally CompleteInstant Curry Meals

Imagine a quick and healthier spin on some of your favorite takeout meals right at home. You can with the latest additions to the Huel Hot & Savory instant-meal line-up. They are nutritionally complete vegan meals packed with rice, quinoa, vegetables, herbs, and spices. These innovative instant-meals offer the world’s first nutritionally complete curry in two delicious flavors and a healthy take on a Chinese classic. The three new flavors join Huel’s Mexican Chili, Tomato & Herb, and Thai Green Curry.

What we love about them. You can enjoy the wonderful flavors of Yellow Coconut Curry, Spicy Indian Curry, and Sweet and Sour in under five minutes. All of Huel’s plant-based, instant meals have the right amount of carbs, fats, protein, fiber, and all 27 essential vitamins & minerals you need. They contain no lactose or any animal products, no soy, and no GMO.

Yellow Coconut Curry

Huel Yellow Coconut Curry Instant Meal

This irresistible blend boats creamy coconut, delicate spices, sweet sultanas, and cooling cilantro. If you love curry flavors but not a big spicy food fan, then you will love the Yellow Coconut Curry.

Spicy Indian Curry

Huel Hot & Savory World’s First Nutritionally Complete/Instant Curry Meals

If you love spicy food, then the Huel Spicy Indian Curry is a must. It is Huel’s hottest flavor yet and is packed with tomato, sweet potato, and a scorching spice blend.

Sweet and Sour

Huel Sweet and Sour Instant Meal

A mouthwatering mix of sweet pineapple, zesty peppers, spices, and zingy scallions you will thoroughly enjoy.

Two of our favorite things about these meals, first, you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy them. In fact, we’ve been alternating between adding shrimp, beef, chicken, or no animal protein at all to our lunches and dinners; second, they are perfect if you’re sick of cooking. After a year of cooking and cleaning up, we welcomed the quick prep time and getting to our meal faster. The amount of cooking time we have saved is incredible; not to mention the money we’re saving on groceries and takeout.

If you have cooking fatigue, you will welcome Huel’s advantage of spending less time in the kitchen.