January 17, 2018

What to Eat & Avoid to Fend Off the Flu This Season

Inspired by Dawn offers tips to build immunity and avoid the flu

You've heard all about the severe flu season we're experiencing. If you've managed to avoid it thus far, kudos to you!

But do you know how to keep your immunity strong and increase your chances of avoiding the flu altogether? The recommendations are easy really - get lots of sleep and nourish yourself with simple, whole foods that help give you the immunity boost you need to beat the flu. Here's the foods to make sure you're putting on your plate now to stay healthy. Good luck!

  • Olive oil - Such an easy, tasty switch to make. Supports the building blocks for white blood cells - the immune system's front line
  • Citrus fruits - Always interesting how nature's growing cycle coincides with what our bodies need. Prime citrus months equal prime cold and flu months. Coincidence? Absolutely not!
  • Fish - Not eating fish yet? It's really time to start. Try to eat it at least once a week to help reduce inflammation and get your dose of Omega-3s
  • Mushrooms - Research has shown mushrooms support the body's white blood cells in fighting bacteria and infections
  • Avoid sugar - Sugar seems to undo the good that the above foods do for your immune system by impairing white blood cells so try to minimize sugar especially during cold and flu season


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January 10, 2018

Resolutions for the New Year? Pamper Yourself to Real Change

Inspired by Dawn offers a kinder, gentler approach to new year's resolutions for a more balanced you

Resolutions. They stem from the idea of positive change and leading better lives. But somehow there's so much negativity and angst wrapped up with them. Probably because most people think of resolutions as another word for deprivation.

But what if there is a better way? What if we could shift our thinking about resolutions and treat ourselves to small steps toward positive change?


Huffington Post article makes the case for this kinder, gentler approach to resolutions. It focuses on positive ways to help you reset your mind, body, health and wellness in 2018. Here's some examples...

To reset your:

  • Schedule - Make time for the “fun stuff” -- It's just as important as all the other stuff!
  • Creativity - Try a dream journal -- Make it easy so it's not a chore but truly a release
  • Imagination - Give up on that book you’ve been lumbering through -- It's okay. Give yourself permission!
  • Energy - Go to sleep earlier -- Take care of you and your health
  • Diet - Focus on adding one thing in -- Love this! It doesn't have to be about deprivation
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January 03, 2018

6 Tips to Make the Big (or Little) Changes You Want in the New Year

Inspired by Dawn lends inspiration and practical tips for creating healthy habits in the new year

2018 is a clean slate. You have 360+ days to still make it whatever you want it to be. That's the power of the new year. A natural place to pause, look back on the year that is past and decide what you want for the year ahead. Do you want more of something or less of something in your life? Do you want to learn something new, start volunteering or just eat less take out? Whether you're focused on big changes or little ones here's some tips from LifeHacker to help make them reality.

  1. Make sure your life is in order - Forming a new habit is hard enough. Don't try to do it when your life is already especially hectic
  2. Focus on one good habit - Don't overwhelm yourself. Choose one healthful habit at a time and focus
  3. Work yourself into it gradually - Set mini-goals for yourself. The first week I'll cook two meals at home, the next week three.
  4. Piggyback it with other, already-formed habits or routines - Tie taking a multivitamin each day to something you already do every day, e.g. put your daily pill box on your keyboard so you take your vitamin when you sit down to check emails in the morning
  5. Get an accountability buddy - The right, like-minded friend makes everything easier
  6. Give it time - It can take awhile to truly form a habit, so set yourself up for success with the above suggestions to keep yourself motivated and focused


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December 27, 2017

In Need of Last Minute NYE Style Inspiration? Look No Further...

Inspired by Dawn highlights NYE inspiration for ringing in 2018 in signature style!

Ringing in 2018 Sunday night with friends or family? In need of some style inspiration for greeting the new year? Look no further than our Pinterest board for festive and glam styles perfectly suited to you and wherever your night takes you.

Cheers to 2018!

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December 20, 2017

Holiday Travel - 11 Steps to Prep Your House & Your Self for Being Away From Home

Inspired by Dawn's pre-trip holiday travel tips for your home and for your carryon bag

Are you headed over the hills and through the woods for your holiday gathering? If so, you have a lot you're trying to remember to pack - presents, cookies, hostess gifts, etc. With your mental list long, we've one thing easier. A go-to checklist to help you remember what to do to prepare your house before you leave and the one thing to pack to ensure you're prepared for wherever your travels take you. 'Tis the season!

Security
Light timers - Set a lamp or two to turn on and off at different times so the casual observer will not suspect you're out of town
Close & lock windows & doors - Seems obvious but take a second and check all the doors and windows. You don't want to be hours or days into your trip and wonder if the back door ever got locked
Hold mail & newspaper - No need to signal that you're away with a pile of mail and newspapers out front. Both can be put on vacation hold with just a few simple clicks online
Garbage cans - Make sure you bring garbage cans in from the curb before you leave or ask a neighbor to do it for you. Again it's just one less signal that you're away

Saving $s
Hot water tank - Save some dollars for your trip and turn down the thermostat on the hot water tank so you're not heating water you're not using
Adjust thermostat - Turn down the thermostat while you're gone as well. Again a good dollar saver

Cleaning & Maintaining
Clean refrigerator - Not a necessity but nice to not come home to a few science experiments. Take a minute and dump out all the old leftovers
Run dishwasher - Also not a necessity but always nice to not wonder if the dishes are clean or dirty. However, if you forget to do this the odor will often tell you!
Take out trash - Once of the last things before closing and locking the door is to take out the trash and recyclables to minimize odor
Water plants & the Christmas tree - This one is time dependent but give your plants and the Christmas tree a good soak before you leave and consider asking someone to help if you're going to be gone awhile

One More Thing...
- Pack a carry-on bag - Whether you're traveling by air or not, you want / need some essentials always within arms reach. So pack a bag that stays with you no matter what your journey throws at you! And make sure your Style Rx pill box case makes it into that bag.

Safe travels!

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December 12, 2017

Holiday Ideas & Inspiration to Survive & Thrive the Mid-December Madness

Inspired by Dawn shares stylishly easy ways to finish gift shopping, wrap your gifts in style and find festive outfits for your holiday events

Still struggling to find the right gift for that stylish friend on your gift list? Or need some approachable gift wrapping inspiration? Or maybe you need to put together a festive outfit fast. Relax. We've pulled together a few sources of ideas and inspiration to help you wrap it all up in style!

Gifts and Stocking Stuffers
If you're still searching for the perfect gift for your mom, daughter, friend, aunt, etc. check out our Inspired Gifts that Always Fit and Gifts for Women On-the-Go boards on Pinterest. They'll give you last minute gift idea inspiration with great visuals, as well as the ability to order with just a few taps on your phone, tablet or computer.

Gift Wrapping and Holiday Decor
If you're a little further along and looking for inspired ways to add signature holiday style to your gift wrapping or home decor then you'll want to check out our board Inspiration is in the Details, again on Pinterest.

Spirited Holiday Style
Still deciding what you'll wear to your holiday events this week and next? Then don't forget about our Holiday Party Style Inspiration board for ideas on how to be stylishly festive all week long.

Baking, Tipping & Teacher Gifts
Still thinking about baking cookies or needing to pull together some last minute tips or teacher gifts? Here's some helpful hints and resources to get it all done.

Finally, don't forget that Inspired by Dawn is offering 25% Off Entire Purchase  + Complimentary Ground Shipping on all orders placed by 11:59pm PT Sunday, 12/17/17 to ensure you can gift everyone a Style Rx pill box case this holiday season.

Shop Now - Inspired by Dawn's holiday savings on the Style Rx designer pill box case for the perfect gift

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December 06, 2017

3 Simple Gift Shopping Strategies to Ease the Stress

Inspired by Dawn shares stress-reducing holiday gift shopping strategies

Are you panicking yet? Is your gift list long and your time short? (We here you!) So to help you (and ourselves too) we're sharing some strategies to make your holiday gift shopping a little less overwhelming.

Split Up Your Shopping List
Real Simple recommends dividing up your list to help jump start your shopping. Here's how: break your shopping list into two lists. The first one is for items to shop for online. The second one that requires shopping in a store. Focus on the online shopping first so you can comparison shop easily and also build momentum by seeing quick progress in that daunting list. Save the harder to decide on items for your store shopping trip. That way your time in stores is minimized and you're focused on a few key gifts rather than a vague list of mere ideas.

Shop Smart Online
Shopping online only saves you time and money if you the gifts arrive and you save on shipping. Friday, December 15th is Free Shipping Day where retailers big and small offer free shipping. But pay attention to shipping deadlines and track those packages to ensure everything shows up on your doorstep as expected.

Be Prepared
Facing the crowds and the holiday craziness is not for the faint of heart. Prepare now and thank us later with these tips on in-store shopping. Happy shopping!

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December 02, 2017

Shopping for Holiday Office Party Attire? Style Inspiration Starts Here!

Inspired by Dawn offers stylish inspiration for holiday office attire to help you strike just the right style note

The annual holiday office party is always challenge. You want to look chic and festive but still polished and professional. So how do you strike just the right note? Start by taking a peek at our Pinterest board. We've curated a collection of festive, holiday office-appropriate looks sure to get you noticed for all the right reasons whether your party is casual or formal or somewhere in between. So hurry and get your office holiday party style inspiration!

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November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Inspired by Dawn wishes everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you a bountiful and inspired Thanksgiving
filled with family and friends!

Inspired by Dawn's Thanksgiving wish for health, happiness and style!
November 22, 2017

Shopping in Stores this Weekend? 7 Tips for Before You Leave the House

Inspired by Dawn's tips for taking care of yourself when starting holiday shopping Thanksgiving weekend

The holiday shopping season is here! If you're among the millions who are starting their shopping this weekend and are not planning on doing it all from the comfort of your couch, then here are some tips for braving the crowds on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. We've shared them before but they are worth repeating.

  1. Hydrate - Drink fluids before heading out, and plan to take a refillable water bottle with you so you can stay hydrated while battling the crowds.
  2. Fuel - You'll probably eat well before heading out (turkey and fixings or breakfast at a cafe), but make sure to take snacks as well. A handful of almonds or a banana thrown in your bag should do the trick.
  3. Rx - Organize your medications or vitamins that you need to take ahead of time in a designer pill box like the Style Rx and you won't miss a dose or a deal!
  4. Tote - Spare disposable shopping bags and bring your own reusable totes for all your finds.
  5. Comfort - You'll be on your feet for many hours so choose footwear carefully. This is one time you might want to plan your outfit around your footwear, instead of the other way around!
  6. List - Know who you have to buy for before you head out, and try to list a couple of ideas to focus your search
  7. Budget - Set a budget ahead of time to avoid pain and remorse later. Consider setting a limit for the day or per gift so you don't waste time on items that will blow the budget.
Plan ahead and enjoy a productive weekend of shopping. Happy Shopping and Saving!

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