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  1. 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.

     

    Lavender

    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.)

     

    Valerian

    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. 

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    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.

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  2. 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.

     

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    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?

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  3. 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

     

    Ingredients 

    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

     

    Directions

    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

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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

     

    Ingredients:

    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

     

    Directions:

    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.

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  6. 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.

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  7. Busting the Buzzwords: Natural

    Natural foods, natural beauty products, and now, natural mattresses. That’s right, the more people In search of a healthier lifestyle, the more companies are finding better ways to create natural and all-natural products. In theory, this sounds like a natural (pun intended) correlation, but natural and healthy do not mean the same thing. Actually, far from it.

    So What IS Natural?

    There is no actual Food and Drug Administration definition for the term “natural” (just as with “eco-friendly”). This allows products to have only one natural ingredient and a handful of other chemicals, but still toute the term “natural” or “eco-friendly.” When it comes to food, the FDA does specify that “natural” food does not contain added colors, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances, but that leaves room for a lot of other things such as trans fats and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

    Unfortunately, this means a lot of the population is purchasing products that they assume are healthier when they are actually riddled with sugars and artificial ingredients. These regulations become even looser when you look outside the food industry.


    We see this buzzword used a lot in the mattress industry, specifically. Natural mattresses have been permeating the marketplace, convincing consumers that purchasing them will lead to better sleep. In reality, many of these options likely have a lot of the same harmful chemicals as conventional mattresses, they may just source at least one natural material.

    How Do I Know When To Trust The Natural Label?

    Before you buy a product simply because the label notes it’s natural, green, or eco-friendly—take a little extra time and look at all of the ingredients or materials on the label.  “Free of harmful chemicals” is another good distinction to note a safe, healthy product. If you want to go the extra mile, check for organic certifications like the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) or the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) on the packaging. Don’t be fooled by terms like “all-natural,” “100 percent natural,” or “green” either.

    While you may be looking for a product that you feel good about, you should make sure that that product leads to a healthier and safer lifestyle as well. Be weary of companies that toute words that don’t have definitive standards, and your best bet is to always carefully inspect labels and tags for materials and certifications that you understand.


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  8. Busting the Buzzwords: Eco-Friendly

    Friendly is great. We all benefit from giving, and receiving, kind words or a simple smile. Being eco-friendly is being kind to the earth, and there’s nothing to not love about that. We should all strive to live our lives in eco-friendly ways.

    At Happsy, we applaud eco-friendly lifestyles. The problem is when the term eco-friendly is used as a marketing term. Why? Because “eco-friendly” is used and abused in so many ways, rendering it virtually meaningless.


    Why Doesn’t “Eco-Friendly” Hold Much Weight?

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which sets out guidelines that constitutes deceptive advertising, has even weighed in. They say that “eco-friendly” falls under the category of a general environmental benefit claims, and they make it clear in their Green Guides (a guidebook for marketers on making environmental claims) that “marketers should not make unqualified environmental benefit claims.” Basically, this means advertising should let people know what is meant by “eco-friendly.” Does it mean the production facility uses solar power? Maybe it means the product uses some organic ingredients. Perhaps “eco-friendly” is referring to something completely different altogether.

    The core of the issue is that very few FTC cases are filed regarding the misuse of the word “eco-friendly.” There simply isn’t enough staffing or time to monitor the word. The reality is that every one of us continues to see “eco-friendly” plastered on everything from detergents to teas to disposable diapers, and it doesn’t end there. It is very often used in a way we might think is legitimate, and commonly in ways that leave us scratching our heads wondering how THAT could be called eco-friendly. The problem can get worse with imported products sold on online marketplaces which can completely fly under the radar of responsible terminology usage.

    When Should I Believe a Product is Eco-Friendly?

    So how can you be an informed consumer? First, if a product is labeled “eco-friendly,” determine what makes the product truly eco-friendly. Second, be very wary of the words “eco-friendly” paired with some forest clip art and no further explanation. Third, look for recognized third-party certifications that guarantee someone has checked and approved the product against pre-set guidelines.

    Eco-friendly as a concept and way of life is great. Just be cautious when it’s used purely as a marketing buzzword. At Happsy, when we say we are eco-friendly, it’s because we package and manufacture our product in a way that allows us to make smart environmental decisions.

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  9. Start With Happsy Choices

    Committing to living a healthier lifestyle is a constant (yet sometimes wavering) goal for many. If you’ve tried making healthier decisions before and failed, you might be wondering why you should bother trying again. Revamping your lifestyle overnight is like jumping into the deep-end when you have never swam. It’s always best to just dip your toe in first—small steps will help you be successful. Our favorite way to kickstart a healthy lifestyle? Make simple, Happsy choices!



    Choose Your Snacks Wisely

    Let’s be honest, you aren’t going to suddenly go from fast food to only eating kale overnight. Trying to be all or nothing, sets your attempt at a healthy lifestyle up for failure. Eventually you may only eat meals full of lean proteins and greens, but work up to it by making Happsy choices. Start by trying to change your snacks. When you go to pick up chips to throw in your bag for work, opt for almonds, fruit, or veggies instead.



    Skip the Bus and Take a Walk

    We understand many of you may have long commutes to work or live in an environment where it’s not always walking weather. We don’t expect you to bike or walk for hours in the rain or snow. But if it’s appropriate, and you know it will be a 15 minute walk versus a five minute drive or bus ride, opt for the movement! This is a great Happsy choice that will make incorporating exercise into your routine easy and eventually get you conditioned to get back to the gym!



    Take a Break From Social Media

    There’s nothing wrong with occasionally checking in on old friends or posting a selfie, but many studies have found that a reliance on social media not only has negative effects on our mental health, but checking it too late also can be detrimental sleep. The hours we spend scrolling and liking could be used to dive into new hobbies! Give yourself a goal: one of those hours you were going to spend falling down the Instagram rabbit hole, try reading or walking around your block instead.



    Prioritize Healthy Sleep

    This is obviously our favorite Happsy choice, and for good reason. It’s not just because we are in the business of sleep, it’s also because sleep is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. When you have a restful sleep, free of harmful chemicals and flame retardants, you will be more alert and ready to make thoughtful choices throughout the day.

    By choosing Happsy, you are guaranteeing your healthiest night’s sleep!

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  10. Blueberry Pie Overnight Oats From the Clean Eating Couple

    Blueberry Pie Overnight Oats are the perfect breakfast for people who would rather spend more time getting their rest than meal prepping/taking time to cook a crazy breakfast!

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