All posts filed under: Brighter Lives

An Easter Egg Hunt for Adults

Easter is this weekend and what better way to celebrate than a good ol’ fashion Easter egg hunt. No kids. No problem. Fill your eggs with these delightful products and even your most choosey friends will want to search for them. 1. Money We’re not saying you have to put in rolls of Ben Franklins, but who wouldn’t want to find $10 or $5 bucks in a egg.     2. High end chocolates Go to your local chocolatier or gift shop and pick up some delicious truffles or chocolate covered strawberries. They’ll fit perfectly in the egg and are a decadent surprise. Just make sure not to hide them in direct sunlight.   3. Beauty Products Nothing like finding a good nail polish color or lipstick in your easter egg hunt. Glossier products and Essie nail polish are a sure crowd pleaser.     4. Lottery Tickets These may need a little folding to fit inside the egg, but a fun and simple way to add excitement to any egg hunt.   5. Alcohol If …

The Effects of Happiness on Success

Who knew mood rings were back in style? Hint: they aren’t. But what these celestial rings told us during those years when braces were considered cool, is more relevant to your adult self today than ever before. Since the last 90’s when researchers first coined the term ‘positive psychology’, countless studies have been run proving happiness is not just a byproduct of success. Rather success comes from being happy. And it’s not just success at work. Happiness has been proven to add years to your life and can even make pain less painful. I know I feel like I’m taking crazy pills too. How Does Happiness Affect Us? Happiness influences the many aspects of our life that lead to success – how we view ourselves, how we build relationships, and how we stay motivated, persevere and solve problems. When we are happy and positive, our brains become more energetic, creative, motivated, resilient, engaged and productive. It’s like psychologists found the fountain of youth and it was inside us this whole time! Mind. Blown. So if happiness is the key …

Fight Those Winter Blues

Nothing like a dark and dreary day to zap any semblance of motivation or happiness. But given winter is 90 days of the year, let’s not write it off completely. Carpe Diem after all. Try our top ways to fight the blues this winter. 1. Keep your mind engaged Winter weather makes almost everyone feel lethargic, particularly if outdoor activities are your escape. But keeping your mind engaged with something you find challenging or interesting can help fight the winter blues. As they say “time flies when you’re having fun!” Try dance classes, wine tastings, read a book you’ve been waiting to read. Pick up a new hobby and make new friends. 2. Listen to music It’s crazy the connection our mood has to music we listen to. And the best way to pump up your mood is to pump up your beats. Turn off the Sarah McLachlan and turn on our AM Jams. We know. She gives us all the feels too. But it’s better to get that pep back in your step because you can’t …

Last Minute Fresh Breath Tips

Life’s unpredictable and sometimes you find yourself in a situation where you really wish you didn’t eat those onions for lunch. When you don’t have your Tulip brush and paste handy these tips are a lifesaver. WHAT CAUSES BAD BREATH TO BEGIN WITH? Most bad breath is caused by bacteria in your mouth (and on your tongue and gums). Kill the bacteria or remove the food they feed on and you’ll get yourself fresher breath in no time. 1. CHEW GUM Gum is definitely your friend if you’ve got on a few minutes and need a quick fix. Sugar free is best since the bacteria in your mouth causing the bad breath wont have anything sweet to snack on. Just don’t swallow the gum after. You don’t want it staying in your stomach for 7 years! Update: Sources say gum doesn’t stay in your stomach for 7 years, but we’re not really looking to be guinea pigs and find out if it’s true. 2. CHEW MINT, PARSLEY, BASIL No gum lying around. No problem. Use …

Slay V-Day with Original Thinking

Let’s face it – the valentines day gift has lost the creative element for most of us.  It’s the typical flowers and chocolate.  Let’s try something new this time – but still buy chocolate, because chocolate is awesome. Here are some of our favorite unique valentines day gifts for this year: Gift Your Perspective We often perceive the same events differently.  Even the same couples perceive the same events in various ways.  So this gift requires you to write something.  No, not a poem, or a love letter, but write about some of the most important moments in your relationship, and what they mean to you. Hey, it’s cheesy, but it’s free.   Tag their Laptop For the nerd in your life, get this cool decal by Famous When Dead.  Everyone in the coffee shop will know who’s taken.  Plus, it’s easy to remove in case, you know, things don’t go to plan. Buy it here for $25.   Tour de Home Valentines day is already chock full of cornball rituals.  Why not add to it by …

5 Ways to Naturally Whiten Teeth

Teeth whitening donuts? Yeah we wish. But with these 5 natural remedies you can get your smile pearly white without an expensive trip to a dentist, so you can keep doing you. 1. Brush with Activated Charcoal Powder If you haven’t heard already charcoal is where it’s at [1]. Why? Because it absorbs toxins and neutralizes bacteria, which help remove the things in your mouth that cause stains. Crazy right? We know. It’s hard to believe something commonly associated with backyard barbecues or the mining scene in Zoolander can actually help whiten teeth. All you have to do is dip a wet brush in some activated charcoal powder and brush your teeth like you normally would. Two or three times a week and you’ll be looking like a star in no time! 2. Brush with Salt If charcoal is too intense for you, brushing with salt has comparable effects. With similar properties to charcoal, salt can disinfect and absorb toxins in your mouth, helping to remove stains. Just try to use the smallest grain salt you can find (sorry course …