Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a great week! Today I am here with another product review!
Hero Nutritionals sent me a goodie box full of vitamins to review and share with you all. In that box, I received a bottle of Yummi Bear Organics Complete Multi-Vitamin for kids, a bottle of Slice Of Life Organics Energy B12 for adults, 3 sample packs of Yummi bears organics vitamin C, 3 sample packs of adult complete multi+ and two Hero Nutritionals stuffed bears for little Miss Ba.
To my pleasant surprise, the gummi bears are so tasty and best of all Organic. No chemicals, Non- GMO, Dairy free, Allergen free and gluten free.
Honestly the products are straight to the point, no long ingredients that can’t be pronounced and they come very well sealed and packaged for your safety. However, the onething I did notice was that every product was marked with the green and white USDA Organic logo except for the bottle of the Kids Yummi Bear Organics Complete Multi-Vitamin. Even without the USDA Organic logo, the vitamins are still GMO, Allergen, Dairy and Gelatin FREE and are made with all natural fruit flavors and colors. It is completely safe and my daughter loves it!
Would I recommend this company and their products? ABSOLUTELY! In this world where it’s become so stressful to make simple purchases and make sure that we are well nourished, it’s always good to know exactly what you are consuming and companies like Hero Nutritionals makes it especially easy for us healthnuts out here. Before you ask, YES! I will also continue consuming their products.
So now that I have saved you plenty of time and frustration from ever reading ingredients on your vitamin bottles, you can go ahead and follow me (@philistarbonyoba) and Hero Nutritionals (@heronutritional) on Instagram, visit Hero Nutritionals website, browse my other health related blog posts and newly launched store. Also, make sure to stop by EVERY 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th and 30th of the MONTH for NEW blog posts!
Peace, Love and Health,
As you may know, I have recently launched Sanaa Afrika online store! This is why I have missed the last couple of blog post on the 5th and 10th but I am now back in full gear!
Back to the store. I have always had a passion to have my own store that specifically showcases the beauty of the diverse and unique African culture and history at home and abroad. This has always been my dream since I can remember and I am beyond grateful to share this with you all.
If you have visited the store, you will see that I have a total of 71 items at the moment. This is just the beginning and there are more to come. I have over 100 T-shirt designs lined up, baby items, a variation of hats, sweats and hoodies to be coming soon as well.
This is a quick update and I look forward for you guys to rock the Sanaa Afrika apparel.
As always, keep an eye out for NEW Blog posts EVERY 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th and 30th of the MONTH, check out the store, share with your loved ones and leave a comment or two below.
Peace, Love and Prosperity,
Hi guys! Welcome to the blog! For those of you that haven’t read the previous blog post, read all about it here.
So on today’s blog post as promised from the previous blog post, I will be discussing what real estate school I went to and how it prepared me to pass my real estate exam the first time. Straight on. I went to Host Group Real Estate Academy. I came across the Academy by first going to the Massachusetts Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR) website for a list of Authorized Real Estate Schools in Massachusetts. I narrowed my search to areas closest to me and literally went through every single one’s website.
Before your start looking, keep in mind that you first need to take a look at your daily schedule that way if you have work/ children you can work out a schedule that could best fit your situation. In my case, weekends were the only option and Host Group provided a possibility.
After narrowing your search, I suggest you carefully look at the selected school’s website, read their reviews, policies, pricing, materials offered (books etc.) return policies and review their schedule before registering with them. I have come across some very questionable websites with false claims etc. So watch out!
I registered to Host Group Real Estate Academy. They offer weekend classes Saturdays and Sundays. With the Real Estate license, you are required to take 40 hrs of classes here in MA so the 40 hours were split into 4 days. That’s two weekends of classes (2 Saturdays and 2 Sundays of 10 hrs of class each of the days). This schedule is quite intense and I was honestly scared of not being able to accomplish the classes, finding time to study and even take the exam.
10 hrs of class a day is quite intense but the Instructor Dee Kumar made the day go by so fast by giving us mini breaks after every heavy topic, simplifying the dense content, making it practical/relate-able by providing stories and experiences.
Our typical day in class: we sign in, class starts at 7:15 AM, we have a 5 min break at 10 or so, back to class, lunch break at 1:00 PM, back to class, mini break, around 4:00 PM we have online courses to practice until 6:00 PM then we sign out.
Honestly this course is not for the weak minded. The time is long and the materials are so dense. You have to mentally prepare yourself accordingly for this. You have to bring your A-game on in every class, pay attention, ask as many questions as possible, do exactly what you need to do. Dee will tell you that as well. He has been teaching this course for over a decade and has seen great success in his structure of teaching/ lesson plans and has found that students who follow the structure tend to have a pleasant experience taking the courses and passing their exam the first time.
The breakdown of the lessons is quite Unique. As you take the class with Dee, you will see that he doesn't quite follow the book chapter to chapter. He has very brilliantly mastered a way to make the chapters that are related flow with the content he is covering. For example: He will discuss chapter 1 and then you’ll end up at next at chapter 19 etc. I found this to have helped me remember and create a sense of continuous chain of information that went together. For those of you that are new to real Estate like myself, you will deeply appreciate this.
In my own words, below is the breakdown.
After reviewing all of this, I felt very confident in myself. As a thorough learner, it took me 2 months to revisit the 22 chapters, listen to the recorded lectures, take the chapter practice questions, practice exams and notes taken in class. Many students just right on and take their exams after the course but for me, I need time to process everything. If you are new to real estate, I suggest you do the same. Discipline yourself and make sure your practice the exams and read your notes everyday until the day of the exam.
There is no easy way out unfortunately. You have to put in time and determination for this.
That said, I hope you enjoyed this post! For those of you in MA interested in pursuing your real estate license, feel free to message me with any questions, stay tuned for NEW blog posts EVERY 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, and 30th of the MONTH. Also, feel free to visit Host Group Real Estate Academy.
P/S: This is not sponsored content. This is a honest review of Host Group Real Estate Academy
Peace, Love and Real Estate,
As you probably know, I am a Licensed Massachusetts (MA) Real Estate Agent as of 2 months now. I shared the news in a previous blog post. Read all about it here.
It’s been a long journey to get my real estate license because the content involved in real estate can be quite intense. Especially if you are new to real estate. That is why I am going to be sharing quite abit on real estate in this blog.
Passing your real estate exam is a very crucial part of being a real estate agent. In MA, you need to complete 40 hours of classes from a board approved real estate school, be 18 years or older, Understand and speak English, be in good standing (e.g. no convictions, fraud etc.), provide references and pass your exams with 70% or higher. If you tick off all of these, then you can become a licensed Real Estate Agent in MA.
Exceptions are attorneys and in the case of the death of a sole proprietor broker.
The exam is broken down into two parts: State and National/General. The state part of the exam focuses on state specific questions and is 80 scored questions which include 10% math questions and 5 unscored pre-test questions. The National/General exam includes general real estate questions as it pertains to the United States. The National/ General exam is the shortest and has 40 questions which include 5-10 unscored pretest questions.
In total, the exam is 120 questions and in MA, you have a total of 4 hours to finish the exam. The test is administered by the Pearson VUE and there are designated centers to take the test. As always things always change. So always refer to your state real estate board.
If you are in MA and are thinking of pursuing your Real estate License, Click here for the Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons. Here is also a link to Massachusetts approved schools.
I will in the next blog post discuss what school I went to and how it helped me prepare for and pass my exam the very first time. Stay tuned EVERY 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th and 30th of the MONTH for NEW blog posts!!!
P/S: If you are thinking of getting your license. Don't be shy to message me and we can chat. Follow me on INSTAGRAM for great motivational content as well.
Peace, Love and Real Estate,
Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful week! It's officially a day after the hump day! Hang in there...Friday is closer than you think.
Moving on. On today's blog post, I am going to be talking about the benefits of alkaline water. As you may already know, I am a huge fan and advocate of hydration and I have raved about specifically drinking alkaline water. Read related blog posts below.
To learn more about alkaline water, continue reading.
WHAT IS ALKALINE WATER
Alkaline refers to its pH level. The pH is a number that measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is on a scale of 0 to 14. e.g pH 1 would be very acidic and pH 13 would be very Alkaline.
That said, alkaline water has a higher pH level than regular drinking water. Because of this, a lot of experts believe it can neutralize the acid in our bloodstream and help our bodies metabolize nutrients effectively which in turns leads to better health. Tap water and other "normal" waters have a pH of around 6/7 and Alkaline water is around pH of 8-9.5 ish.
COMPONENTS OF ALKALINE
The main components of alkaline which aid in dissolving acids in the blood stream are:
1. Calcium: For strong bones, teeth and circulation etc.
2. Sodium: For regulating blood pressure, balancing fluids and aid in muscle movement etc.
3. Magnesium: For improving nerves, heart, kidneys and muscles etc.
4. Potassium: For metabolism, electrolyte, anxiety and nervous system enhancement etc.
1. Drinking alkaline water can help detox the body of heavy metals such as mercury
2. It's been proven to be far more hydrating than acidic or neutral water
3. Helps reduce acid reflux
4. Fortified with calcium, alkaline water can improve bone health
5. Great for heart health due to better hydration creating better circulation there fore improving overall health and well being
6. Improves mental clarity
7. Balances the body's pH levels
8. Provides antioxidant properties
WHERE TO GET ALKALINE WATER
There are several ways to get alkaline water.
1. Bottled water
There are a few companies that sell bottled water that is alkaline. See the picture below for a list companies, their waters and pH levels.
2. Filtration system
There are plenty of vendors that sell various filtration systems that make your water alkaline
3. Countertop water filters
As you may already know, I am having a giveaway for a fridge/over the counter water filter I have been using. It works amazing and has gone through very many tests to ensure consumers drink healthy water. ENTER HERE
4. Alkaline drops
I've personally never tried this but I have heard of people using alkaline drops to make their water alkaline.
5. Baking Soda and Lime/Lemons
I add lime and lemons to my water to make it more alkaline but I have not added baking soda. I have however come across articles that suggest people to add baking soda to their water. I don't know about you but I'll pass.
Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing well. Today's blog post is a bit short but that's because it's a giveaway.
I have been using the reshape water filter for about 2 months now and decided to reach out to them to host a giveaway for my readers. I absolutely love this product and the water tastes not only better, but also is better for you.
This water filter filters out majority of common heavy metals like lead, pollutants, impurities, chromium VI (cr-6), VOC's such as Chloride, Fluoride, Arsenic as well as odors, bad taste etc.
Feel free to enter below for a chance to win and make sure to follow me on social media.
Good luck everyone!!!
GRAND PRIZE (1)
A Reshape Water Pitcher + 7 Filters ($110 Value)
RUNNER UP (1)
A Reshape Water Pitcher + 2 Filters ($60 Value)
CONSOLATION PRIZE (5)
50% Off A Reshape Water Pitcher + 2 Filters ($30 Value)
EVERYONE that enters gets a 10% Off coupon (good through the end of September)
If you share the contest to reach 100 points then you get a 20% Off coupon (exp. end Sept)
Visit Reshape water
Contest ends Friday night, July 28th
Hi everyone! I hope all is well for all of you!
I'm just coming back from a mini holiday in NYC and thought I'd post a short blog post. This trip was a moment to kick back, take in everything and chill-ax with the family post-Ramadhan.
So I didn't document much on the trip or spend time online but I did however manage to take a few pictures from the "Big Bus" and a bit f a cruise to the Statue of Liberty.
I hope you enjoy this mini blog post, share, subscribe to the blog and keep an eye out for new blog posts EVERY 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th and 30th of the MONTH.
P/S: Make sure to follow me on Instagram for daily motivational quotes.
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Hi guys! I hope all is well.
On today's blog post, I am going to share this very helpful list of 20 fat burning foods that you should consume in order to help with fat burning. If you read my blog then you know that I am currently on a post-partum weightloss journey. I take my weightloss journey quite seriously and share this journey with all that might benefit.
You can read my previous weightloss blog posts here:
What I did when I started my weightloss journey
My secret weightloss drink
50 Tips for quick weightloss
Weightloss: Lesson learned from a throwback
Food for thought: mind over matter
My juice fasting schedule
I hope you benefit from this blog post, share with your friends/loved ones, subscribe to the blog for more informative blog posts and keep an eye out for new blog posts EVERY 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th and 30th of the MONTH.
Welcome to the blog!
My name is Phili. I am a mom, wife, blogger and content creator based in Boston, MA.
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With much love,