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Four Things

Two posts in one day?  It must mean I’m trying to clear off my desk before the long weekend ;)

I thought this afternoon I’d share with you four things I’ve been using or have come across recently that I wanted to share with you all.

Disclaimer: I received the items from Sportline and Bioesse free of charge however, I don’t talk about things I don’t honestly like so you can always rest assured that all thoughts/opinions expressed are 100% my own.  You can’t pay me to like something I don’t like ;)

Checkout 51

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Checkout 51 is a free app available to Canadians in the app store for iPhone.  I’m not sure if it’s available on Android or not (something tells me it isn’t), and I don’t believe it is available for residents of Quebec either.

Checkout 51 is basically an application that will give you a rebate or virtual coupon credit for items you buy in store.  Each week a new listing of offers is made available

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You can set your phone so you get a notification when the new deals are in.  Then each week before I go for groceries I check to see if there is anything I normally buy, or something I would buy if it was on sale, and if there is I add it to my list.  One really cool thing is say for instance you sale Colgate Toothbrushes on sale for $1 somewhere, and you had a coupon for $1 off, you can use that coupon to get the toothbrush for free (minus taxes) and then still collect $1 from Checkout 51.  Pretty sweet.

Once you’ve made your purchases you submit your receipt(s) by take photos of them and once Checkout 51 reviews and approves it (which usually takes under 24 hours) they add the credit to your account.

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Once your account totals $20 or more you can request a cheque – it’s that easy!  I’ve only been using the app for a couple weeks and I’m already nearly halfway to $20.  It’s pretty cool.

bioesse

I was contacted by bioesse technologies a month or so ago and asked if I was interested in trying their aromatherapy patches.  As you all know I’m a big fan of aromatherapy so I happily said yes!  The following week I received a package with one spearmint, two lavender, one sweet dreams, one peppermint and two blank patches to try.  Within a day or so of receiving them I started to feel like I was coming down with a cold, I had a sore throat and a nasty cough.  I hauled out my spearmint patch before I went to bed to try it out

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The verdict?  I loved it.  I could smell the spearmint all night long, it helps clear my sinuses without being overwhelming.  In fact the next two nights I used my blank patches and added a combo of tea tree and peppermint and used them for the same purpose and I really believe it helped keep my cold at bay.

Since then I’ve used both my lavender and the sweet dream patches at night to help me fall asleep.  I really like that they are potent without being obnoxiously scented.

You might be wondering what happened to my peppermint patch.  I’ve put it in my purse for an emergency. Some people keep extra money and safety pins in their purses for emergencies, I keep peppermint aromatherapy patches ;)

The online store isn’t up yet on the Bioesse website, but in the meantime you can contact them and purchase them via paypal until they get their online store up and running.

Sportline Ab/Plank Station

Back when I got the SportLine Solo 925 Heart Rate monitor, they also sent me one of their ab and plank stations

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It’s a simple curved piece of high density foam of some sort that helps give you lower back support while doing crunches/sit-ups

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which is wonderful partnered with my Physique 57 workouts as they actually tell you to use a piece of foam or a pillow for just that purpose.  I’ve tried using a pillow, trust me, this works WAY better ;)

It’s also awesome for doing planks especially if you find planks hurt your elbows.

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I find it really great for side planks where there is so much pressure put on your forearm/elbow.

You can purchase this direct from Sportline here .

The last thing is a song.  I’ve been looking for songs to use at this weekend’s Zumbatomic class and found this one from Wreck it Ralph (which I still haven’t seen #sadface).  I’ve now listened to it about three million times and sort of want to make it my ringtone.  I’m such a dork.

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