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Why You Should Buy An Essential Oil Diffuser?

I mentioned several months back that we moved to a new apartment and with the move came a lot of other lifestyle changes surrounding our desire to have more quiet time (while still living in the city), less dust, a better nights sleeps and overall well being! Who doesn’t want that, right? 

Over time we broke down what steps we should take in order to achieve these goals, some of which included choosing an interior unit versus facing the city streets, like in our last building. We also decided on no “entertainment” in the bedroom, i.e. television, laptops, phones or any devices in general. However, we did add one new gadget that has transformed our daily meditations and sleep - an essential oil diffuser!

We went back and forth about getting one for a while. I guess because it’s easy to categorize a diffuser as a nonessential household item and we just thought we may be being too extra. If you’re undecided about purchasing an essential oil diffuser than allow me to explain why investing in one may be the best thing you’ve ever done for your overall health and wellness. You’ll likely end up like me attempting to carry your diffuser around with you everywhere as if it’s a newborn baby.

Inhaling the right oil, at the right time can do wonders for channeling  inner peace when you feel like you’re going to lose your shit over the latest news, improve your health by boosting limbic system even while living in a crowded smoggy city, and  achieve more restful sleep which I can not emphasis enough how much of a difference quality of sleep can make. 

Youre likely wondering how the combination of essential oils and a humidifier work? When you inhale the mist of essential oils, the molecules are absorbed through membranes in the nasal cavity which allows for the limbic system to absorb the molecules. 

We’re really trying to maximize on the benefits of essential oils through aromatherapyMr. DJR often deals with terrible nasal congestion so we decided the diffuser we should get had to be a humidifying diffuser. They’re the most common ones you’ll find. The most important thing was that it wasn’t so clunky that we couldn’t easily move it to a different room or clean it when necessary. 

For his congestion, we’ve been adding eucalyptus oil at night. During the morning I like to change the essential oil to lavender to rid myself of the morning head fog and get some clarity. On the weekend we tend to switch it up and add lemongrass or sweet orange oil to reduce dust allergens and improve indoor air quality. When I’m feeling stressed and anxious I go straight for the rosemary oil. 


Surprisingly there’s little maintenance involved. Our diffuser came with a water cup so it’s easy to refill, add an essential oil and set the timer to our desired length. Our diffuser holds 300ml of water and has a timer option of 1 - 6 hours on timed mode. It will automatically shut down when water runs out.

The most important thing you need to know is not to keep it by a window. It’s tempting to think that fresh air mixed with the essential oils will be best but in reality, the good stuff just goes out the window. So keep your diffuser more towards the center of the room.



Theres a ton of options and price ranges out there for humidifiers and diffusers but I don’t think you need to spend a fortune to start gaining to benefits of having an essential oil diffuser in your home. You should spend no more than $20-30 on a diffuser that is reliable. We found ours for $24.96 with free shipping. We purchased our oils separately because we wanted to hand select each of our oils but there are also kits available. I’ve curated a short selection of my top oils that you can shop here. 

If you’ve got a favorite essential oil you think I should try, I’d love to hear about it!

300ml Wood Grain Essential Oil Diffuser Aroma Aromatherapy Air Humidifier available at NewFrog.com: http://shrsl.com/10ors


ArtNaturals Aromatherapy Top 8 Essential Oils: https://amzn.to/2yHtBZP


Optikal Contact Care Acuvue Oasys Daily Hydra Contacts | Daisi Jo Reviews



I’ve been using Optikal Contact Care for more than 6 months now and I’ve been absolutely happy with their service and product. If you haven’t seen my 1rst review of Optikal Contact Care, you can read it here, https://www.daisijoreviews.com/2018/01/the-best-affordable-contact.html

Optikal recently sent me their new release of daily contact lenses.  Optikal now offers Acuvue Oasys Daily Hydra Luxe Daily Lenses service with 3 subscription options. Prior to trying these daily lenses, I’d never really thought about using daily lenses because they are so much thinner and I didn’t think they were going to be durable enough but boy was I wrong!


It wasnt until I was packing for a trip to a destination wedding that I realized that I didn’t have to pack contact solution - saving weight on my luggage and mental sanity not having to stress about spillage.  After our first late night celebrating and too much wine, I really appreciated not having to fill up a lens case and carefully store my contacts. Instead, effortlessly removed and chucked them into the trash. No worries about makeup gunk, ripping or dropping them.


I’m also a runner and am regularly concerned with my eyes getting dry and falling out while out on a run. although I would never try to save a contact that has hit the ground or any unclean surface; there is some relief in knowing that if/when one of my contacts does fall out, I’d only be losing a few hours of use versus several days. 


So how does Optikal’s new service work? It’s super easy and just like subscribing to any of their other services. Simply, go to their website and complete the subscription information, upload your prescription ( you must have a prescription for daily contact lenses) and place your order. A customer service rep will confirm your order when it’s ready. 

Optikal offers 3 subscription models:
  • Monthly $54.99
  • 3 Months $156 (5% discount)
  • Yearly $593 (10% discount)

Optikal Contact Care is now available in ALL STATES except:
  • Arkansas
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • New Hampshire
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
My Optikal Contact Care box came with:

  • 3 months supply of Daily Contact Lenses labeled Left and Right with Optikal Lens Stickers
  • 5 Contact Lens Wipes
  • Plus a Bonus Item: Rewetting drops and a Backup pair of contact lenses. (Acuvue Oasys Bi-Weekly Lenses) 


          

I really love that Optikal adds the Left and Right stickers to my contact lens box which makes it so easy to tell which box is for which eye. I think it’s a really nice touch in place of having to read the small print on the side of the boxes every time you need to change your lenses.

The contact lens wipes have come in handy since I’ve switched to Optikal. I carry them in my purse and I’m easily able to remove my contacts when I’m on the go without having to worry about getting bacteria in my eyes. 

The Rewetting drops is a 2 oz sized solution from the same brand as my contact solution which is the ReNu. The backup pair of contact lenses are the same as the original contact lenses in my first video for Optikal, the Acuvue Oasys Bi Weekly.
 
For my blog readers and youtube viewers, I’m collaborating with Optikal to offer a 20% discount off of your first month by entering PROMO CODE: DAISI2018.

Optikal isn’t like those other brands that have you hoping to get in touch with a real person if you have any problems with your order. The team at Optikal is super easy to reach. Have a question? Just reach out at the info below:

(423) 781-1545


Skechers Performance L.A. Marathon 2018 Recap

Daisi Jo Reviews Skechers Performance LA Marathon 2018


Confession: I didn’t run the LA Marathon this year! Instead, I went to the LA Marathon Expo to support friends and to share in the expo experience - which in itself is an epic event!

There were tons of vendors offering great deals on running gear and yummy snacks. But my favorite part of the expo turned out to be the Skechers display.

The LA Marathon starts at the Dodger Stadium and ends at the Santa Monica intersection of Ocean Ave & California Ave for a total of 26.2 miles. More than 26,000 runners participated in the 30th annual LA Marathon. The winners of the 2018 race were Weldon Kirui for men (Kenya)  and Sule Gedo for women (Ethiopia).

Next year’s race is on March 24, 2019. See you there!

Daisi Jo Reviews Skechers Performance LA Marathon 2018

Daisi Jo Reviews Skechers Performance LA Marathon 2018

2018 Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show

Daisi Jo Reviews at the 2018 Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show

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Daisi Jo Reviews at the 2018 Los Angeles Travel & Adventure ShowI attended the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center again this year and this time I decided to take my video crew with me!

Last year was really great but this year was awesome! It felt like there were a lot more vendors this year and the energy was much more upbeat. 

I hate to sound like a lush (which I’m not) but I think the cocktail booths really helped liven up things. If you were of age (of course) you got a wristband and refills all throughout the day. 

Daisi Jo Reviews at the 2018 Los Angeles Travel & Adventure ShowThere also seemed to be more booths cashing in on the Instagram phenomenon. There were a lot more photo props and opportunities than there were last year. I loved the camel rides and the scuba diving classes. There were also a ton of speakers share the highlights of their travels, best tips for packing, getting through airports and taking group tours. 

The cooking sessions are always hit and this year was no different. Chefs from all over came to the Travel & Adventure Show to demonstrate their best dishes. Celebrity Chefs from top TV shows also made appearances.

I know you want to see more so check out my quick recap of the 2018 Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show!

          



Bowl Kitchen | Westside Pho Fusion

Review of Bowl Kitchen Santa Monica DaisiJoReviews.com
Pho Sea


It’s been a while since I’ve done a proper restaurant review but I can assure you I haven’t stopped eating! I’ve been mainly focusing on working on some recipe content for my readers and subscribers that you can make at home. More on that later. 

Bowl Kitchen is a Pho fusion restaurant created by my longtime friend, James Noe. We go way back to when I was doing the martial arts gym with my ex-husband. James was the other half in that business. Well. since we’ve all parted ways, James has been busy toiling in the kitchen - coming up with some amazing Asian fusion recipes!

Review of Bowl Kitchen Santa Monica DaisiJoReviews.com
Pho Sea
This is not a traditional Pho by any means. With menu names like Pho Sea and Pho Daddy, Bowl Kitchen merges the trendy with the traditional. One of the major draws for me is the Bahn Mi. I love a solid egg Bahn Mi like no other.  Bowl Kitchen’s Bahn Mi features a BLT with an added “A” (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Avocado), Grill Cheese and something a little more traditional like the Spicy Pork Bahn Mi. The appetizers are pretty awesome too if you love Spring Rolls and Gyoza (pan-fried dumplings). They also serve all the traditional drinks including Thai Iced Tea and Vietnamese Iced Coffee. 

Review of Bowl Kitchen Santa Monica DaisiJoReviews.com
Spicy Pork Bahn Mi

Bowl Kitchen is an eclectic space full of art, music and an overall laid-back vibe. They often host music events on the patio and the space is often used for events, birthday parties, and film shoots. 

Review of Bowl Kitchen Santa Monica DaisiJoReviews.com
Veggie Bahn Mi with Egg

Review of Bowl Kitchen Santa Monica DaisiJoReviews.com
Traditional Egg Rolls

With all that good food, Bowl Kitchen still manages to be healthy, using only the freshest ingredients. They even grow some of their own herbs right on the patio. Many of the menu items are gluten free, msg free and freshly prepared daily.

When you’re in L.A. next or on the Westside, I encourage you to stop by Bowl Kitchen for a midday snack or dinner!

Bowl Kitchen
2127 Lincoln Blvd,
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 396-8566

Monday — Friday, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday, 11:00 am – 09:30 pm
Bowl kitchen is open on holidays


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