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  1. Tips for Recovering After an All-Nighter

    Pulling at least one all-nighter during college is inevitable, especially when exam season rolls around. During peak exam times throughout the semester, all of the 24-hour study zones will suddenly become packed with students hurrying to research, memorize, and put together final projects just in the nick of time. Along with the extra-packed libraries and extra-long lines at the on-campus coffee shops comes a student population that probably looks more like sleep-deprived zombies than fun-loving co-eds.

    Unfortunately, living out the day after an all-nighter will feel like the twilight zone. But if you have to be productive in any way, shape, or form, we’ve got several tips for functioning on no sleep and gracefully recovering from an all-nighter.


    Tip #1: Take a Nap

    Instead of dragging yourself to the library for more studying, take a break and go back to your dorm for a little cat nap. As long as you don’t sleep for more than 45 minutes -- which will adversely make you feel even groggier than before -- you will definitely feel recharged after napping. It’s also wise to get some extra zzz’s on the days following your all-nighter. With your organic bedding wrapped around you like a burrito, go to bed as early as possible so that your body can restore itself. 


    Tip #2: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

    You may be tempted to reach for a Diet Coke or brew another K-Cup coffee when you’re recovering from an all-nighter, but your body actually needs water. A study by Tufts University actually found that mild dehydration is enough to impair your thinking, which can happen if you drink too much caffeine. While water might not give you that same rush of energy as coffee, staying hydrated on the day after an all-nighter will help you feel less sleep deprived.


    Tip #3: Tackle the Tough Stuff First

    If you still have things you need to get done after your all-nighter, prioritize the most difficult tasks first. Make a checklist (but don’t overwhelm yourself by adding too much to it!) Even though you’ll certainly be tired in the morning, you’ll feel even more exhausted as the day goes on. Getting at least some things done in the morning will allow you to still feel productive when you end up snoozing away the afternoon. 


    Tip #4: Plan Better for Next Time

    If you know an all-nighter is coming, bank sleep ahead of time. During the days leading up to your final exams, don’t suddenly decide to become the life of every party. Instead, get plenty of sleep and study during the days leading up to the exam, instead of cramming, to avoid pulling the all-nighter. 


    With these tips in mind, you can recover from staying up all night in a healthy, mindful way. Just be careful not to make all-nighters a habit! While sometimes pulling an all-nighter is necessary, it’ll take away from your college experience if your energy levels are always hurting.

  2. Environmentally Friendly Ways to Spend Your Long Weekend

    Before fall settles in, it’s time to have one last summer hurrah this Labor Day Weekend. 

    Though we all like to indulge during holidays, you can make an added effort to make responsible choices and do your part for the environment while honoring America’s workers this year. After all, excess isn’t always best! 

    Here are some environmentally-friendly ways to enjoy your long weekend and go green this Labor Day:

     Participate in the after-parade cleanup -- If your town has a Labor Day parade, there will probably be confetti, flyers, candy wrappers, and plenty of other litter lining the streets after the celebration is over. Sign up to be part of the clean-up crew this year to avoid letting that litter disturb the environment. You may even consider joining the planning committee next year and proposing ways to reduce the parade’s waste in general.

    Catch up on some Zzz’s -- There’s no better time than a long weekend to catch up on much-needed sleep. Cuddle up with your cozy, organic bedding and take a nap for once! You’ll be much more prepared to take on the fast- approaching colder weather if you’re feeling well-rested.

    Take a staycation -- Even though you might be tempted to load up the car and spend the long weekend at your friend’s lakehouse, arranging a staycation is a much greener option. Unplug your laptop, turn off your cell-phone, and think of a few fun ways to unwind at home. Make it a girls’ weekend with some face masks, or a guys’ weekend with some corn hole. It’s guaranteed to be the least expensive vacation you’ll ever plan!

    Skip the charcoal -- It’s Labor Day, so the chances that you and your friends will be grilling out are pretty high. But did you know that charcoal grills release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air, contributing to air pollution? Consider your fuel source before you plan to grill out. Opting for a pellet or electric grill are two options that provide a much greener alternative to regular-old charcoal.

    Avoid disposable decorations -- If you throw a Labor Day party at home, try to avoid any disposable party ware like plastic cups, plates, or utensils. Instead, you can reduce your party waste by using reusable goods and decorations. Remember: everything you buy new has an environmental impact, so why not upcycle?


    This Labor Day Weekend, make it your mission to consume less. Use less fuel, buy fewer products, and remember to recycle. Doing so will make you feel good about your celebration while allowing you to put your best green foot forward.

  3. 3 Ways to Celebrate National Book Lovers Day

    Attention bookworms: today is your day!

    Every year on August 9, readers across the U.S. celebrate National Book Lovers Day. Even if you’re not a total bibliophile, it’s still fun to celebrate the many awesome books out there (and take part in the trending hashtag on Twitter!)

    Whether you decide to go all-out book nerd on your friends by dragging them to a poetry reading or you choose to cuddle up with an old favorite in your bed, there are plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit.

    Here are three ways to revel in your love of the written word on National Book Lovers Day 2019:


    Stop into your local library


    Do you have a library card at your local library? (Do you even know where your local library is!?) If you aren’t a library regular, we forgive you. But there’s no reason not to pop in for a little browse of the library stacks on National Book Lovers Day! Local libraries are a great place for embracing your inner bookworm and finding new (or old) titles. Ask a librarian for their recommendation! Chances are, they’ll likely lead to finding your new favorite book to read before bed!


    Get a new bookshelf


    You know what would look great with your organic mattress? A new bookshelf! If all of your best-loved Harry Potter books are stacked in the corner of your bedroom, it’s time to shelve them properly. Nothing says ‘charm’ quite like a colorful, organized bookshelf. Treat yourself to a trendy new floating shelf or fix up an antique bookcase. Trust us, your books will thank you.


    Start your own book club


    If National Book Lovers Day has made you realize the lack of literature in your life, why not start a book club with your friends? Gather your five besties, put out some wine and cheese, and voilà! Beyond Oprah’s Book Club, there are plenty of lists online that give suggestions for book clubs—some even have discussion questions to really keep the conversation flowing. If all of your friends are reading the same book, you’ll be more likely to keep up with it, too. (Plus, who doesn’t love wine and cheese!?)

  4. Chai Latte Chia Seed Pudding From Real+Vibrant

    This chai latte chia seed pudding couldn't be easier to make! Made with only a few plant-based and good-for-you ingredients and 5 minutes of prep. The end result is a creamy and healthy superfood breakfast, snack, or dessert that will have you nourished and powered up all day.


    Makes: 1 serving

    Time: 30 minutes



    1 cup almond milk

    1/4 cup chia seeds

    1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey

    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    Pinch of ground ginger

    Pinch of ground cardamom

    Pinch of ground cloves

    Pinch of sea salt





    In a medium bowl, combine the almond milk, chia seeds, sweetener, vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves. Whisk until well combined.

    Let it sit for 5 minutes and whisk again to prevent the chia seeds from clumping together. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least one hour, preferably overnight.

    Remove from the refrigerator, stir, add toppings, and serve.



    Author’s Bio:

    Sapana Chandra is the proud voice behind Real + Vibrant, a growing healthy lifestyle business. She is a holistic health coach, cookbook author, and certified plant-based cook. Sapana aims to change her audience's attitude towards food with her selection of simple, healthy, mostly plant-based, home-cooked recipes.

  5. Three Houseplants That Support Peaceful Dreaming

    Your nightly routine probably includes some combination of scrolling through your Instagram feed, responding to texts you forgot you received during the day, and binge-watching a bit of Netflix in bed. We all live in a screen-obsessed world, which, unfortunately, leads to sleep habits that do nothing but encourage restlessness when it’s finally bedtime. 

    Research by the National Sleep Association reports between 50 and 70 million U.S. adults suffer from some type of sleep disorder. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has even claimed the widespread lack of sleep among Americans is a “public health epidemic.” 

    Clearly, getting a good night’s rest is a shared struggle for many Americans. But merely changing up your nightly routine to include a cup of “sleepy-time” tea might not be enough.

    Next time you think about turning to sleeping pills or potions to coax your mind and body into a peaceful night’s sleep, why not give indoor nature therapy a try? 

    You may be surprised to learn that the house plants you choose to complement the feng shui in your bedroom can have a positive impact on your ability to fall -- and stay -- asleep at night. 

    Plants are known to improve air quality while encouraging relaxation--with several varieties even emitting oxygen, eliminating harmful toxins, and absorbing fumes and carbon dioxide. This is because plants produce negative ions, just like air purifiers. The ions then attach themselves to and remove positive-ion particles from the air, such as mold spores, dust, allergens, and bacteria.

    Plus, a nice green plant or two always adds to the ambiance and overall aesthetic of a room!

    As you lay down on your Happsy Organic Mattress at the end of a long day, here’s our list of the best house plants to keep in your bedroom so you can get the most out of your sleeping hours.


    Aloe Vera 

    Aloe vera has long been regarded as one of the top herbs for improving air quality, effectively removing both benzene and formaldehyde from the air. This thick-leafed succulent emits oxygen at night, which can make your slumber more restful. The ancient Egyptians even believed aloe vera was the key to immortality because of its ability to “soothe the mind” and “induce sleep.” Sounds like the perfect plant for the bedroom, doesn’t it? Plus, aloe vera makes for a great natural moisturizer and is super easy to care for.



    Characterized by long stems with purple buds, lavender is one of the most popular and recognizable scents for therapeutic oils, body care products, and scented candles. This is because a number of studies have found lavender to contain beneficial properties. For example, participants in a study at Wesleyan University reported higher energy in the morning and an increase in deep sleep at night after smelling lavender. This pretty plant is also said to reduce stress, slow your heart rate, and even lower blood pressure. (Tip: Go with French Lavender for your bedroom, as it’s one of the easier types to grow indoors.)



    Often studied for its hypnotic effects, valerian is commonly used as an anti-anxiety treatment and as a sedative. The root of valerian is considered to be one of the best herbs for alleviating insomnia and is thus a key ingredient of many sleep-inducing teas. What’s more, research by Current Neuropharmacology revealed that valerian contains over 150 chemical constituents, which together help to relax the central nervous system (and promote a good night’s rest!) Merely sniffing valerian can kickstart the GABA receptors in your brain, which are partially responsible for increasing your body’s ability to relax. 


    Simply introducing plants to your bedroom can boost your mood, reduce the stress you feel, and promote an overall better night’s rest. Go on, become that green thumb you’ve always dreamed of being! Your well-rested body and mind will thank you.

  6. Accessories That Matter

    Outfitting your dorm or apartment at college is basically a crash course is small-space living. Without marrying the perfect combination of decorative and organizational touches, your space can quickly feel chaotic and over-crowded. But how can you narrow down which items make the cut, and which are unnecessary?

    As you begin to pile your back-to-school belongings in the corner of your bedroom, it’s easy to forget about those items that may not be at the top of your list, but should be: bedding accessories.

    Nothing will make your dorm room feel more like home than having a cozy, fluffy bed where you can rest peacefully after a long day of classes (and, of course, binge-watch Netflix). However, college mattresses are notorious for being as flat – and hard – as a plank, so it’s important to pack bedding that will make your bed feel lush and plush.

    Lucky for you, Happsy offers a variety of accessories for your bed at college that will not only make it comfier, but also make you healthier.

    That’s right—by choosing bedding accessories that are organic and made without questionable chemicals, you can sign onto a healthier, holistic lifestyle at college.

    With these four non-negotiable organic accessories, you can choose to make your bed in college safe for you—and for the environment.


    Happsy Organic Mattress Topper


    If you aren’t able to bring along a mattress to college, Happsy’s Organic Mattress Topper will do just the trick. Not only will a topper add an extra hygienic barrier between you and whoever occupied your room last year, but it will spring new life into whatever old mattress you’re given. With certified organic materials (and no harmful chemicals!), Happsy’s Organic Mattress Topper provides a healthier alternative to conventional foam brands. Just slip it on top of any size mattress for pressure-point relief, added comfort, and a plush, pillow-top feel as you sleep away the stress from final exams.


    Happsy Organic Mattress Pad


    It’s likely that your dorm won’t just be for sleeping. You’ll probably have friends over or throw a few parties from time to time, which unfortunately means one thing: spills. Accidents happen, so it’s important to make sure your bedding is protected – and waterproof! Happsy’s Organic Mattress Pad is the perfect protective layer for your dorm-room bed, creating an impenetrable barrier to dust mites and other allergens while defending against spills and mishaps. Made with certified organic cotton and a non-toxic waterproof layer, Happsy’s Organic Mattress Pad is easily stretchable and comfortable, making it a great choice for healthier living in college.


    Happsy Organic Pillow


    Choosing organic bedding accessories doesn’t start and end with the materials beneath your sheets. Equally as important to a healthy night’s sleep are the items your face and body contact directly, like your pillow. Instead of breathing in the synthetic materials of a normal pillow, which are often teeming with chemicals and harmful flame-retardants, Happsy’s Organic Pillows are made with soft, organic latex and cotton. Designed for softness, support, and proper spinal alignment, Happsy’s Organic Pillows are sure to make your mornings in college a little brighter—and healthier.


    Happsy Organic Sheet Set


    No bed is complete without a comfy set of sheets. If you’re committing to a holistic lifestyle in college and want to complete the bed of your dreams (literally!), Happsy’s Organic Sheet Set makes for the cleanest, healthiest option. With a luxurious 300 thread count and no added dyes, the cotton in Happsy’s Organic Sheet Set creates a soft, breathable surface so comfortable you’ll get excited about getting into bed every night. The set includes one flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and one pillowcase for twin and twinXL sizes.



    In college, not just any bedding will do. Before you start stuffing the trunk of your car beyond capacity, remember how important it is to choose organic and prioritize a healthy lifestyle in your dorm. Why go to bed every night on toxic materials when you have a choice?

  7. Fluffy Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Pancakes From The Clean Eating Couple

    These Fluffy Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Pancakes are the perfect treat for breakfast in bed. Made with whole grain oat flour, and wholesome ingredients like eggs, honey and coconut oil - they’re a healthier take on a classic breakfast favorite!

     If you’re looking for something yummy to make after you’ve slept in and want to stay cozy in bed on a lazy Sunday morning - these are for you!

    You can easily swap out the chocolate chips in this batter for blueberries or bananas for an even healthier take - and if you don’t have time for breakfast in bed, you can make these pancakes ahead of time and freeze them. When you’re ready to eat pop in the microwave or toaster oven!


    Yield: 8 pancakes

    Total Time: 20 Minutes



    2 eggs

    2 tablespoons honey

    2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted + cooled

    1 cup milk

    2.5 cups oat flour

    2 teaspoon baking powder

    1 teaspoon cinnamon

    ½ cup chocolate chips



    In a bowl whisk together eggs, honey, coconut oil and milk until smooth.

    Stir in oat flour, baking powder, and cinnamon.

    Allow batter to rest for 5 minutes (this helps the batter to thicken + fluff up!)

    While batter is resting, grease/ heat up a large skillet or griddle.

    Drop pancake batter in ⅓ cup increments on the skillet. Cook for about 3 minutes, until pancakes are golden brown. Flip + cook for additional 3 minutes on opposite side.

    Serve with maple syrup or fresh fruit

  8. The Only Back-to-College Packing List You’ll Ever Need

    Soon enough, it’ll be time to head back to school ― which, as a college student, means time to pack up your life and move into a shockingly tiny dorm room.


    Gathering all of your favorite items (like your poster of Beyonce) along with your many essentials (think: toiletries, chargers, backpack) can be a daunting task. What if all of the belongings you want to bring don’t actually fit in your room? Those seemingly non-negotiable items at home can quickly end up wasting precious space at your dorm.


    Since you’ll probably end up sharing most things with your roommate anyway, it’s safe to say that you don’t need to bring along a hairdryer, hair straightener, and curling iron. But what about the items that will not only make your life at college easier, but also healthier?


    Leading a holistic lifestyle at college is entirely possible. After all, developing sustainable habits and making healthy choices starts and ends with you. To set yourself up for success, we’ve put together a list of five holistic items that ― just by bringing them along ― will make your life at college healthier and more organic. (You can thank us later!)


    1. Non-toxic laundry detergent


    You may think buying a “free and gentle” laundry detergent means it’s a healthy choice. Unfortunately, detergent brands are infamous for greenwashing. In addition to irritating your skin, many detergents contain harmful toxins that can be quite hazardous to your health over the long term. Packing a laundry detergent that’s made with natural ingredients is a back-to-college essential. The less chemicals and dyes, the more gentle it’ll be on your skin – and on the planet!


    2. Glass food storage containers


    By now, you’ve seen all of the containers and water bottles with “BPA-free” labels. While this distinction is theoretically healthier for your body, some studies suggest that BPA-free containers are actually harmful, especially when being used to heat food. It’s therefore better to use glass containers to store your food at college. As a much safer alternative to plastic, glass containers made in the U.S. are more likely to be free from dangerous toxins and chemicals.


    3. Organic mattress topper


    One of the downfalls of college life is sleeping on a mattress that’s been broken in by plenty of other students before you. If you aren’t able to bring your own mattress along, a holistic alternative for a healthier sleep is an organic mattress topper. Our Happsy Organic Mattress Topper is a great option for added comfort and a pillow-top feel, without all those harmful chemicals found in cheap bedding brands. You’ll not only feel like you’re sleeping on air – you’ll also get an overall healthier night’s sleep, which is critical for acing those college classes.


    4. Antimicrobial humidifier


    An often-overlooked factor in daily life that can affect your health is the air you breathe. Taking in healthier air while sleeping in your dorm room can alleviate dryness, soothe sinuses, halt the spread of germs, ease cold or flu-like symptoms, and even reduce snoring! Make your dorm-room air instantly healthier and more breathable by simply turning on your humidifier overnight and forgetting about it – it’s that easy!


    5. Organic hygiene products


    Our bodies absorb 60 percent of the hygiene products we use, including things like moisturizer, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream – the list goes on. To make life easier at college, bring along as many organic hygiene products as you can from the start. Avoiding parabens and other chemicals typically found in conventional beauty items is key. Use natural products that will allow your body to properly detox and minimize the health risks that are otherwise posed by toxins.


    Packing for college doesn’t have to be comparable to climbing Everest.


    By prioritizing a packing list that contains these holistic staples, you won’t have to worry about half the harmful toxins you’d otherwise be exposed to. With these items around your dorm, you’ll be one step closer to leading a healthy, organic lifestyle in college.

  9. Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad From The Clean Eating Couple

    Short on time but still want to make a healthy lunch? Try this Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad!

    Typically chicken salad is loaded in mayo and high in fat. This chicken salad gets lightened up by swapping out the mayo for greek yogurt which is higher in protein and lower in fat.

    The chicken salad is also loaded with celery, grapes, and pecans - making it filling and tasty! I like to make this on Sunday and portion it out for lunches throughout the week. It’s great on a salad or on a sandwich/wrap!

    The best part about this is that you can make it with shredded rotisserie chicken which saves tons of time + makes it so simple to prepare!


    Yield: Serves 4

    Total Time: 20 minutes



    2 cups cooked shredded chicken

    1/2 cup plain nonfat greek yogurt

    1 teaspoon honey

    1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped finely

    ½ cup celery, diced finely

    1 cup grapes, halved

    ½ cup pecans, chopped

    ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

    ½ teaspoon pepper

    ½ teaspoon salt



    For shredded chicken: Cook 1 lb chicken breasts in instant pot, crockpot, or by boiling on stove top. Option: buy rotisserie chicken to save time

    Instant Pot: Cook 1 lb chicken with ¼ cup water on manual for 14 minutes

    Crockpot: Cook 1 lb chicken with ¼ cup water on low for 6 minutes

    Stovetop: Boil 1 lb  of chicken in water for 10-14 minutes until thoroughly cooked

    Rotisserie chicken : Simply buy/shred to save time!


    In a large bowl, whisk together yogurt + honey. Set aside.

    Chop parsley, celery, grapes and pecans.

    Add chopped ingredients, shredded chicken and spices to greek yogurt/honey mixture.

    Toss together using a spatula until all ingredients are thoroughly coated with yogurt.

    Serve on a sandwich or over a salad.

  10. Busting the Buzzwords: Organic

    “Organic” is a powerful word, a heavy hitter of the eco community. To find a product made without toxic chemicals, people might use “organic” in an online search. In our industry, you might see an “organic mattress” advertised, but what does that even mean? The answer can be a little trickier than you might first think.

    Understanding Organic

    The use of the term “organic” is regulated by the U.S. government when it comes to food or raw agricultural materials, but NOT non-food, manufactured items. The National Organic Program (NOP), as a federal regulatory framework, lays out guidelines on what can and can’t be labeled as organic food. The NOP requires crops to be grown without synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides.They also lay out rules for the soil and prohibit GMO crops. In other words, the government sets the organic food standards.

    Get to Know the Standards

    When it comes to most manufactured products, however, those standards don’t apply. Anything that undergoes a major transition or uses other materials that are not agricultural by nature (for example metal or plastic) is outside of the scope of the NOP.

    When it comes to fabrics, clothing, and mattresses—an independent global set of rules called the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) was formed with extremely strict guidelines.  A select number of third-party certifiers were licensed to provide this certification to organizations that produce organic textiles of any sort. The process for any organization aspiring for the certification requires inspections, audits, and looks at many factors through the entire product chain. GOTS demands every step of the supply chain—from farms to final assembly— follow rules regarding chemical use and worker welfare. If any step in the process fails, a product will be unable to be GOTS certified.

    What This Means for You

    While the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides some guidance on green marketing, and acknowledges the veracity of the GOTS seal, the government itself doesn’t define the word. If a company advertises a mattress that is full of synthetic foams as organic, consumers have the right to file a complaint with the FTC. The FTC might rule against the company, but unlike food, the government doesn’t have any standard that outlines  what an organic mattress or shirt is.

    If you want to be sure your mattress is made with organically grown materials, and no toxic chemicals, make sure the entire product is GOTS certified. (Latex only mattresses can be certified to a different standard called GOLS, the Global Organic Latex Standard). Without either of these standards (GOTS or GOLS), the word “organic” on a mattress has no regulation by the government, and means very little in terms of a health claim.