Three Natural Alternatives to Pain Relief

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If you’re experiencing pain, the solution largely depends on the cause, but there are many options available to you. While doctors can prescribe effective methods of pain relief, you may wish to explore natural alternatives which can be used instead of, or in addition to, traditional medical interventions. 

Lessening your dependence on medication can help you lead a healthier lifestyle; it can also reduce the likelihood of becoming dependent on them and making them less effective. 

There are many natural alternatives, from herbal pain relief, such as ginger and turmeric, to applying heat or cold to any pain points on your body. For mental health, eating a healthy diet and exercising are helpful alternatives from medication. 

If you’re experiencing pain, you must always seek advice from a qualified medical professional. Once you have ruled out potentially serious injuries and illnesses, read on for some natural alternatives to pain relief. 

Natural supplements

There are many natural supplements that you can take to aid pain relief. Many spices and herbs, for example, can help to ease inflammation and other painful conditions. These supplements are sometimes referred to as alternative medicine. Many plant-based Willow barks, turmeric and cloves are all said to be top choices for many people. When choosing supplements, always approach a reputable seller such as Health Monthly

Buying from unknown sources can be dangerous and potentially extremely bad for your health. Additionally, it’s advisable to consult a doctor before taking any natural remedies or supplements. If you’re already taking medication or have existing medical conditions, it’s especially vital that you seek advice from a medical professional before turning to alternative medicine. 


Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice that aims to alleviate pain by balancing energy pathways in the body. This flow is called qi but is pronounced “chee”. For this alternative medical method, you must consult a qualified and reputable acupuncturist. The professional will ask you about your pain and then will insert very small, fine needles into your skin. 

Acupuncture can help reduce stress and back pain or any neck tension you may be experiencing. It can also be a great way to rid yourself of any headaches, too. Whether you suffer from a weak immune system or allergies, acupuncture is an alternative route for you to discover and try before relying on pills and medication. 

While the needles will be placed in an area that corresponds with the source of your pain, it may be in quite a different place on your body from where you’re experiencing the pain. While there are different schools of thought about how acupuncture works, a common theory is that it encourages the body to release the “happy” natural chemical, serotonin. 

Ice and heat

One of the most well-known natural pain relief methods is applying alternating ice and heat to where you are feeling pain. Of course, you need to know what is best for what injury. 

For arthritis, headaches and sprains, apply heat to the pain points. Heat increases blood flow and relaxes tight muscles. However, do not use heat for acute injuries as it can cause more inflammation.

As ice constricts blood vessels and numbs pain, relieving inflammation in the process, ice can help with gout flare-ups, strains, and tendinitis. 

However, you can use both ice and heat for certain injuries, as explained below.

If you have just strained a muscle, for example, first apply ice to reduce inflammation and swelling. Then after ten minutes, apply something warm to reduce resultant stiffness. If you have a headache, an ice pack on your head can help to alleviate the pain. With arthritis, ice is unlikely to help, but moist heat very well might. 

Invest in a good moist heat pack that can be reheated in the microwave and should last a long time. However, as with any natural pain remedy, if you’re experiencing pain or have suffered an injury, always seek medical advice.

Take great care

The natural alternatives to pain relief discussed above might only be effective or appropriate for certain pain causes. They may not all work for your particular condition, and some may not be appropriate for your needs. However, once you’ve sought advice, they may help you to feel better and avoid the need for traditional medications.

Equestrian Events

Some people can think of nothing more magical than learning to ride a horse. Regal images of skilled riders at exhibitions and competitions trotting around the arena and jumping over all manner of obstacles are often associated with the sport. Equestrian is often paired with images of horse jump standards and white picket fences, but did you know that not all the exercises are the same? That's right, there are many different kinds of horse jumps and if you're interested in taking up equestrian, you should familiarize yourself with them all.

Types of Horse Jumps

The first type of jump is called a bank jump, in which the horse clears an obstacle on a hill. Typically it is safer to let your horse jump over something going uphill because they can better judge the terrain. Another type is a bounce jump, in which your horse will jump over multiple obstacles stacked next to each other. For example, there might be three standards placed one after the other so the horse has to jump over them all. The key to a bounce jump is that the horse does not have room to land between the obstacles.
One of the more interesting, and challenging, types of horse jump is the brush fence. It uses a structure similar to a steeplechase jump, but the wall is topped with vegetation (usually bushes or small trees). This jump is difficult because horses are usually more hesitant to go over the brush than they are a standard fence or obvious obstacle.
Finally, the goal of most equestrian competitions, is the combination jump. This jump pairs two or three single jumps in rapid succession to show the horse's skill and speed. Unlike the bounce jump, a horse has room to take a stride or two in a combination jump.

Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid For Your Skin

Hyaluronic acid is a substance that the body produces naturally. It functions to maintain moist and lubricated tissues, and the highest concentrations are found in the skin. As you age, production of hyaluronic acid decreases, and this can lead to the look of aging skin. Those who want to maintain younger looking skin must take care of it, such as using the best vegan face wash and keeping it moisturized. Due to its high water retention power, using products that contain hyaluronic acid provides numerous benefits.

Hyaluronic Acid Benefits

• Reduces Wrinkles: One of the reasons wrinkles and fine lines appear is due to a loss of moisture. The use of hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin and improves the skin’s elasticity. With regular use, this can decrease the depth of wrinkles and smooth fine lines.

• Fights Acne: People who struggle with acne understand how awful it can be. Acne is the result of pores that are clogged with dead skin cells and oil. The hydrating effects of hyaluronic acid helps to unclog the pores of the skin, and this helps to prevent acne breakouts. Hyaluronic acid also reduces the appearance of acne scars. The hydration in the acid rejuvenates the layers of the skin, which causes scars to be less visible. While hyaluronic acid helps control acne, it does not completely cure those with frequent breakouts. When this occurs, use a high-quality acne oil to clear up spots and blemishes.

• Promotes Supple Skin: As people age, the skin’s moisture begins to decrease. It is also reduced by environment factors, like sun exposure and pollution, and certain lifestyle factors, such as smoking and eating poorly. Applying hyaluronic acid improves the hydration levels, which smooths the skin, improves elasticity and makes it look more supple. It also reduces dermatitis and redness. All this adds up to younger and firmer looking skin.

• Treats Sores and Burns: Hyaluronic acid is beneficial for treating cold sores, burns and sunburns, bites and wounds. It works by hydrating the damaged tissue, which helps it repair. The acid also has antibacterial properties, which reduces infection risk, and regulates the levels of inflammation to speed up healing.

How to Use Hyaluronic Acid

To get the best results, apply hyaluronic acid to clean skin. Begin a skincare routine by washing thoroughly with a mild cleanser and then exfoliate to remove dead skin cells and improve blood flow. Pat dry with a towel. Next, apply hyaluronic acid and give it a couple minutes to absorb. Apply a moisturizer and then makeup. Oftentimes, one application a day is enough, but for those with excess acne, twice a day may be better.

Take Care of Your Skin

Many factors play a part in the health of the skin. When there is moisture loss, this leads to dry skin, wrinkles, acne and additional issues. While an acne face map can help identify the causes of acne breakouts, the addition of hyaluronic acid is beneficial not only to keep blemishes under control but to also fight ant-aging. Begin adding this product to your skin regimen and see how it can help improve the appearance of your skin

Giveaway Winners - 12/10

The Winners of the Go Fish DVD Giveaway are:
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K. Ohl
S. Joy
L. Williams

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I Love To Shine With Sunshine and Glitter

I have wrote about Sunshine and Glitter before and still use them often as does my daughter. They are not only feel and look fabulous on your skin but the packaging OMG the packaging. Look how cute this Holiday Slays Sparkling Glitter Body Gel is. It looks like a Christmas Ball!

It even comes with a cute gift tag making this the absolute perfect stocking stuffer!

You can see my other review here where I show off my favorite Doom & Gloom. I am on my 3rd one already!  I love to sparkle!

Find them in my 2019 Holiday Gift Guide as well!!!!

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Mark Your Calendars - Fuller House: The Complete Fourth Season On DVD December 17th

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Fuller House: The Complete Fourth Season, which will be in stores December 17, 2019.

I Loved Full House and love Fuller House as well. I get a little nostalgic when I see the girls all grown up and raising families of their own. 

This is a great gift idea for fans of the show!


Two-Disc Set Features All 13 Season Four Episodes

BURBANK, CA (September 4, 2019) – Get ready to enjoy a brand-new set of entertaining adventures from one of television’s favorite families with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s release of Fuller House: The Complete Fourth Season, available on DVD December 17, 2019. Join the Tanner clan for 13 new, hilarious and heartwarming episodes, featuring guest appearances by original Full House cast. Fuller House: The Complete Fourth Season will retail for $24.98 SRP ($30.99 in Canada). The fourth season of Fuller House will also be available to own December 17, 2019 on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.

On the fourth season of Fuller House, the Tanners, Fullers and Gibblers are set for more fun adventures and life-changing moments. Steve and D.J. face relationship pressures while they try to recreate the magic they used to have when they were younger. Jackson learns how to drive, begins playing high school sports and attends the prom. Max runs for class president. Kimmy deals with pregnancy cravings and worries her relationship with Stephanie will change once she has Stephanie’s baby. Stephanie questions her ability to be a mom. Danny ponders if retirement was the right call, and Fernando gets a surprise visit from his mother.  It’s an exciting season filled with laughs, surprises and good times that fans won’t want to miss! 

The series, which earned a 2018 Primetime Emmy® Award nomination for Outstanding Children’s Program, has been renewed for a fifth and final season on Netflix.

“Since it first premiered, Fuller House has had a devoted fan base, which has made this series a success season after season. Generations of viewers adore the show for its endearing characters, heartwarming storylines and gentle humor. Fuller House is unique because it has the ability to appeal to such a wide range of viewers, everyone from kids to adults,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, TV Marketing. She added, “This is the perfect series for anyone who is searching for a great comedy the whole family can enjoy together.”

Fuller House is the continuation of the ‘90s ABC series Full House in which eldest daughter D.J. Tanner (Candace Cameron Bure, Full HouseA Christmas Detour) is now a veterinarian and recently widowed mother trying to raise three boys on her own.  She is joined by her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin, Full HouseWalt Before Mickey) and best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber, Full HouseThe Skateboard Kid 2) and Kimmy’s teenage daughter Ramona (Soni Bringas), who move in to lend their support and help raise D.J.’s kids.  Additional members from the Full House original cast will make guest appearances throughout the series. 

The original Full House, which centered around three grown men raising three girls in San Francisco, premiered in 1987 on ABC and became an instant hit with viewers. The family friendly series became a pop culture phenomenon. It was praised by fans for its wholesome comedy, lovable characters and valuable life lessons. It aired for eight successful seasons and later aired in syndication.  Fuller House premiered on Netflix in February 2016.

Season 4
1. Chapter 1:  Oh My Santa
8. Chapter 8: Driving Mr. Jackson
2. Chapter 2: Big Night
9. Chapter 9: Perfect Sons
3. Chapter 3: A Sense of Purpose
10. Chapter 10: Golden-Toe Fuller
4. Chapter 4: Ghosted
11. Chapter 11: It’s Always Open
5. Chapter 5: No Escape
12. Chapter 12: The Prom
6. Chapter 6: Angels’ Night Out
13. Chapter 13: Opening Night
7. Chapter 7: President Fuller


The fourth season of Fuller House will be available to own on Digital on December 17, 2019. Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital is available from various retailers including Apple TV, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu, PlayStation, Xbox and others.

The Basics

Fuller House: The Complete Fourth Season
Street Date:
December 17, 2019
$24.98 / $30.99 (Canada)
Running Time:
390 min. (feature)
2 DVD-9s
Aspect Ratio:
16x9 Widescreen
English (5.1)
ESDH, French

The Credits

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

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Nat Geo Kids Introduces Kids To Greek Mythology With Zeus The Mighty by Crispin Boyer

Greek mythology meets cute talking animals in this first adventure for Zeus the Mighty.

Zeus the Mighty: The Quest for the Golden Fleas (Book 1)

Welcome to Mount Olympus, a pet supply and rescue center that sits high on a hill in Athens, Georgia. The overconfident hamster Zeus, wise cat Athena, and other rescued pets live there under the watchful eye of their caretaker, Artie, who's obsessed with Greek mythology. The pets overhear her favorite podcast, Greeking Out, and believe themselves to be the actual megastars of mythology! Join Zeus and his minions in this rollicking romp through Greek mythology.

The Book Trailer:

The 411:

I am in love with this chubby Zeus The Mighty a character in a series of middle school books from National Geographic Kids by Crispin Boyer. This epic adventure featuring talking animals is the perfect way to introduce Greek Mythology to kids and who doesn’t love cute talking animals? You and your children will love this book and I am hoping for many more in the series. 
Zeus thinks he and his friends Poseidon, Demeter, Athena, Ares are Greek Gods but they are really just animals in Mount Olympus Pet Center. The artwork is funny and really adds to the story. Families will love reading this together. I think my favorite character was Poseidon The Puffer Fish.  

The story is about friendship, adventure and lots of fun!

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Give A Gift, Save A Life - ResCUTES Are Adorable Stuffed Pets That Actually Help Shelter Pets

What do Kristin Chenoweth, Joe Gatto (Impractical Jokers) and Good Morning America all have in common...they all have fallen in love with the ResCUTE's and have posted about them on their social media.
The gift that gives TWICE!...
You can make a child happy while saving a dog's life...What could be better!
Operation ResCUTE is a 501©3 non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and encourage the next generation of kids to think about adopting shelter pets in need of a loving home. We offer a series of stuffed animals and children’s books all of which are based on true to life rescue dogs and their actual stories. 100% of profits go directly to shelters to help them in their adoption efforts. Of equal importance, the series is designed to foster the development of empathetic and proactive children who will be responsible to their surroundings and others less fortunate. So it is a win-win gift for any child as teaches the act of charity and empowers kids to be a part of the solution while, simultaneously, helping save a dog’s life and make a real difference! .
The 411:
Wondering what to give to that sweet child in your life that they don't already have or just another toy that they don't need? Most kids only play with it for a short time and toss it with all the rest so why not consider a gift that is not only cute and cuddly but also helps shelter pets? 100% of the proceeds go directly to the shelters that help real animals. Through Operation Rescute you can select a stuffed animal that comes a book containing the "real" story of a real pet. 
There are three pets to choose from Jingles, Tanner and Hudson and if you head over to the website you can see photos of the "real" Jingles.

I highly recommend these products and the prices are great. See below!
Operation ResCUTE Inc. is a non-profit organization intended to educate and encourage the next generation of young readers to think about adopting shelter dogs in need of a loving home. Only 30 percent of pets in homes come from shelters and rescue organizations. An estimated 2.7 million healthy pets remain in shelters each year! Hopefully, the ResCUTE book and plush series will foster the development of empathic and proactive young citizens who will be responsible to their surroundings and others less fortunate. Get started and buy the 3rd Set in the Limited Edition of the ResCUTE Series.
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All Around Bustletown Winter

Kids will cozy up for hours of fun as they peruse this joyfully illustrated book that shows the endless ways winter takes hold in a busy, charming town.

Winter has arrived and everywhere you look people are embracing the season. At home there's baking, reading, and sleeping in, while on the farm the fields are fallow and quiet. Outside people are bundled up against the cold as they are skating, sledding, and running to catch a crowded bus. The town's buildings are alive with activity--piano lessons, a dentist appointment, shopping for presents, and visiting the museum. And if you look closer, you'll recognize the same characters on page after page, each with their own story. Wilfred the jogger has lost his keys, and Erica is shopping for a Christmas tree. Each minutely detailed scene is bursting with different people, such as a cheerful lady with an umbrella and a young violinist, as well as animals and birds. In the tradition of Richard Scarry and Where's Waldo, this book encourages kids to return again and again to these charming spreads, following along with the characters and inventing their own stories. They'll recognize parts of their own world, while also learning about the endless ways we live, work, and play in the winter.

The 411:

As a kid I love Richard Scarry books. All Around Bustletown Winter reminded me of those beloved books. I use to look at them all the time and point to all the tiny characters and talk about what they are doing. My preschool class did exactly the same thing. They wanted to talk about the characters on each page AND the illustrations are incredible. There is so much to look at. So much detail on each and every page. My class loved finding the same characters over and over on each page.

I love these books for kids who can read or who can't. 

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I Spy Christmas - The Perfect Book To Add To Your Christmas Collection

It's the greatest time of year! I Spy Christmas -- now with new bonus riddles, a brand-new search-and-find look, and a brand-new trim size.

Can you find Santa and his elf, a sleigh, snowmen, silver bells and jingle bells, mittens, two turtledoves, candy canes, and the rest of the festive things hidden in the shiny ornaments, snowy landscapes, and colorful store windows? What is hidden in Santa's workshop? And what do you see under the Christmas tree?

Walter Wick's captivating photographs paired with Marzollo's clever rhyming puzzles will have readers of all ages mesmerized.

Spread some holiday cheer by finding all the search-and-find fun in I Spy Christmas.

The New York Times bestselling series by Jean Marzollo and photographer Walter Wick continues to amaze search-and-find fans of all ages. Now with brand-new bonus riddles by Dan and Dave Marzollo.

The 411:

My preschool class loves the I Spy books. They are two but these are the perfect books for any age. As much as my 2 year old students love to do these with me so does my 14 year old daughter who has also been loving these books since she was 2 years old. 

The beautiful, colorful pictures are full of Christmas/wintery (is this a word) items. There are clues on the pages of what to look for but even without reading kids can point to any I Spy Questions.  I can ask anything about any item on the page and the kids can point to them.  Kids love being able to search and eventually find and even better when they get to know the book. Builds confidence and opens discussion by introducing different items or words they haven't heard before or aren't familiar with. 

I love this book!

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