12 Amazing Brands That Actually Give Back & Do Good

12 Amazing Brands That Actually Give Back & Do Good

The mission to turn everyday online shopping into charitable giving is a large part of what drives Giving Assistant. Being B Corp Certified, it means a lot to us when we join forces with other brands that share a similar commitment to making a difference in the world. And it means even more when we inspire other for-profit companies to do the same. Not only is cash back earned (and can be donated) when you shop brands that give back, but you’ll also contribute to continuing all of the charitable initiatives they value. So, the next time you do a little shopping online, we ask that you keep some of these giving brands in mind.

1. TOMS Shoes

Thanks to the company’s One for One® business model, someone in need is helped every time a TOMS’ product is purchased. The company donates a pair of shoes for every pair they sell. Buying TOMS Eyewear contributes to sight-saving surgery. Sip coffee from TOMS Roasting Co. to support clean water initiatives. The TOMS Bags you wear promote safe births worldwide. They even have a bullying prevention program. So far, TOMS customers (like you) and over 100 Giving Partners have enriched the lives of more than 70 million people.

2. Gymboree

When it comes to high social responsibility standards, Gymboree Group (Gymboree, Janie and Jack, and Crazy 8) definitely leads the pact! It’s easy to squeal over tiny denim overalls or to “ooh” and “aww” over a floral print dress. Yet, behind the doors of fast fashion through out the years, controversial issues have become more and more apparent: abusive work places, negative environmental impact, and unfair wages. Gymboree Group share the belief that they have a massive responsibility to address these issues by enforcing every vendor they partner with to comply with their Terms of Engagement. Their Terms of Engagement ensures their products are being made in an ethical, legal, and responsible manner. A few highlights from their Terms of Engagement that all factories and business partners have to comply with are:

  • Minimum working age is 15 years old and running an apprenticeship program for development is strongly encouraged.
  • All vendors must ensure that workers who are women receive equal treatment in all aspects of work.
  • Working hours should not exceed 60 hours a week and overtime must be voluntary and compensated at a premium rate.
  • Workers must receive at least 1 rest day in a 7 day work week.
  • Vendors must have a current environmental license and certificate in place and must comply with all environmental laws and regulations applicable to their industry.

And although they know they can’t be at every factory or facility 24/7 to ensure these guidelines are being followed, Gymboree does perform random ongoing assessments and monitoring in the US and Internationally.

3. UncommonGoods

UncommonGoods is certainly not your everyday, run-of-the-mill retailer. As a founding B Corporation, the company sells artisan goods made from sustainable and/or recycled materials, ranging from bamboo kitchenware to soapstone art to upcycled fashions. With their Better to Give program, a donation of $1 is given to a participating partner of your choice with every purchase you make. Proceeds from every uniquely crafted piece of merchandise sold by the company adds to the over $1,000,000 already donated since 2001.

4. Warby Parker

Warby Parker not only markets fashionable eyewear with a vintage twist, but also makes a difference with their Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program. Simply put, purchase a pair of glasses and one pair is donated in return. Collaborating with a handful of local agencies and organizations, the company makes an impact in the classroom with their Pupils Project. Giving the gift of sight and promoting vision care to those in need, students receive free vision screenings, eye exams and prescription glasses. To date, the company has donated more than 3 million pairs of glasses.

5. Everlane

Buying a Grade-A cashmere sweater or pair of slim-fit, Japanese denim jeans from Everlane means you’ve supported an enterprise that does good from the inside-out. ‘Radically transparent’ in their cost of labor, materials and transport, the company works with “ethical factories” that pass the test when it comes to paying their workers fair wages and respecting the environment. Everlane also donates profits from special sales and clothing collections to charitable causes, such as human rights champions, the ACLU and Equality Now.

6. Honest Co

From spreading holiday cheer with toy donations to raising money for a children’s hospital, Honest Co has a serious give-back business outlook. As a certified B Corporation, Honest Co is dedicated to providing baby, beauty and home products that meet specific ethical standards. The company’s Honest to Goodness product donations delivers health care essentials and diapers to thousands of people. When you shop Honest Co, your purchases help fund healthy, safe products, as well as support valuable research and education.

7. Etsy

As one of the most diverse marketplaces in the world, artisans and makers from all walks of life have become a part of a booming community that buys and sells handmade and vintage goods. Giving a platform for upcycled and recycled crafts to thrive, Etsy’s commitment to the environment also includes headquarters that support renewable electricity, water conservation, and zero waste operations. And let’s not forget one of their newest, most innovative programs, Etsy Solar, which helps shrink the overall carbon footprint of the marketplace.

8. Ivory Ella

Fueled by making “good clothes for a good cause,” Ivory Ella dedicates 10% of annual profits towards saving elephants. One-of-a-kind designs have helped the company donate over $1.3 million to the effort as well as to other charitable causes. The company also gives back through in-kind community donations, charitable sponsorships, employee engagement programs, and donating the proceeds from special clothing collections, such as a Breast Cancer Awareness line. Below is their direct impact from their efforts to date. 

9. Nisolo

With a presence in Mexico, Kenya and Peru, Nisolo produces ethically-made leather goods, handcrafted shoes and jewelry. The company recognizes the importance of eco-business practices and also acknowledges the value of labor. This B Corp Certified company ensures factory employees earn above fair trade wages with full time, sustainable job positions. Nisolo also provides education, training and healthcare to producers. Beyond job creation in underserved communities, Nisolo also pushes for gender equality and donates towards the local economy. Check out their impressive impact report here.

10. Macy’s

The same department store known for its spectacular parades and fireworks displays is also committed to giving back to the community and environment. Macy’s illuminates stores with energy-saving LED lamps; packages purchases using recycled paper goods; and embraces sustainable clothing brands as a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. The company organizes electronics recycling drives and supports local Green Business Councils. Macy’s associates also donate their time to various green projects, from park clean ups to planting trees.

11. Build-A-Bear

There’s literally a Build-a-Bear for everyone…and if you’re impressed by their selection, then you’ll be floored by their generosity. The company’s Build-A-Bear Foundation forms numerous charitable partnerships, and has donated more than $50 million in grants to support local organizations. In-kind donations of bears have brightened the day of many children in need of a smile. The Build-A-Bear Associate Volunteer Program also encourages associates to give back locally by offering paid time off for participation in community acts of kindness.

12. Pura Vida Bracelets

Handcrafted by artisans from around the world, millions of people are proud owners of a colorfully unique Pura Vida bracelet. And, that also means a lot of giving back…because when you purchase from the Charity Collection, you add to the over $1,500,000 that’s already been given to outstanding causes, such as the U.S. Army, Project Heal, and Parkinson’s disease. In addition to spreading awareness and supporting many good causes, the company also provides fair-waged, full-time employment to more than 150 global artisans.

Pay it forward and shop these brands to not only earn cash back and give back to the nonprofit of your choice, but to also contribute towards the above charitable programs and sustainable vision. It’s a win-win-win situation.

Every month we also throw a Double Cash Back, Double Giving Event which doubles your cash back earnings, which automatically doubles your donations! Follow us on social media so you’re always in the loop when our ongoing events are launched. Better yet, download out browser button so you never miss out on a cash back or donation opportunity while shopping online! 

Top 10 Hot-Off-The-Runway Trends You Should Try In 2018

Top 10 Hot-Off-The-Runway Trends You Should Try In 2018

Every year, fashion shows in New York, Los Angeles, Milan, Paris, and London give us clues to the clothing styles and designers we should anticipate and pay attention to. As a fashionista on the prowl for the latest looks that impress, it’s important to keep up with the trends that turn celebrity heads, cause a commotion, and set a precedent for what you should be wearing this year. When you’re ready to upgrade your wardrobe, here’s a heads up on the runway trends you should explore in 2018!

1. Stand Out in Lace or Sheer Sleeves

Expect lace and sheer sleeves to flourish in 2018 as a year-round option – worn on its own, or paired with fur vests in colder weather. Warmer months call for styles that are lightweight, like lace dresses or tucking in a sheer top into a pair of shorts. Don’t want to commit to sleeves, but love the sheer look? Find plenty of lace styles at GILT

2. Make Them Blush

One of the street styles to make its mark on this year’s fashion forecast is the oh-so-bashful color: blush. Whether you want to go for a casual everyday look or need a power suit for the office, blush or pale pink is a great color to choose versus the usual black, grey, or navy.  From blazers to high heels, Lord & Taylor is well-stocked with many pink-tone styles that should definitely make its way into your closet this year. 

3. Embrace the Dark Side (of Denim)

From classic-style jeans to mid-rise shorts, dark wash denim will be a favorite look in 2018. Runway trends also suggest that two pieces of denim are better than one, so if you pair a jean jacket with a coordinating skirt – you’re good to go. Kate Spade not only offers darker shades of denim jackets, shirt dresses and skirts, but also has a line of embellished denim accessories (handbags, wallets, and iPhone cases).

4. Frame Your Face with Micro Bangs

Wispy, blunt, short and/or choppy, micro bangs are cut a couple inches above the eyebrows, and create a retro-chic look that channels the confidence of pin-up sweetheart, Bettie Page. This modern take on the bang opens up the face more, and lets you make an edgy statement that still oozes with femininity. A celebrity pro tip for achieving a fringe that lies flat is applying mousse at the base. Kerastase has a range of luxe products packed with Moroccan Argan Oil and Samoan Coconut Oil to help revitalize your beautiful locks through out the week, like “Bain Micellaire”  or “Soin Fondamental”. Tres chic. 

5. Make a Strong Statement with Footwear

This year, trends in footwear will focus on shoes that speak for themselves. From eye-catching metallics to extra-shiny patent styles, look for an abundance of ‘statement’ sneakers and boots. There’s even a continuance of last year’s sock sneaker trend because their comfort level and creativity cannot be denied. Platform shoes will take on bolder prints and shapes. And, a fierce pair of stilettos still does the trick in making a statement that’s loud and clear. Stuart Wietzman is a red carpet favorite that comes in suede, leather, woven fabric, silk satin, and snakeskin.

6. Choose a Paler Shade of Pantone’s Color of the Year

You can take a cue from Pantone and embrace the official color of 2018 (ultraviolet), but runway trends suggest that for this year – the softer shade of lavender will make quite the impression. You’ll see this pastel hue in pantsuits, dresses, and oversize knits. And, don’t forget that lavender and other pink and purple tones, like the ones offered in Shu Uemera pressed eye shadows, can help achieve fun retro look that keeps all eyes on you.

7. Be Loud & Proud with Bold Print

Bold print year after year is always put into a box that only a certain personality can get away with wearing it. Yet, this year we dare you to try on a few patterns, and even mismatch your prints! you might be surprised on how well it compliments you and actually boosts your confidence. It can be intimidating for some, but don’t count it out of your wardrobe this year just yet. To lock in a more everyday look, Trina Turk designs colorful suits, flirty sleeveless tops, beach-ready shirt dresses with loud and proud bold prints everyone can get on board with.

8. Go Full-On Checks and Plaid

Men, it’s time to step away from boring solids and get ready to dive head first into a pool of lively shades of checkered and plaid jackets, fleecewear, and button-up, collar shirts from brands such as Rag & Bone, Polo Ralph Lauren, HUGO, and Obey. Checks and plaids will rule menswear in 2018. Expect suits, especially wool ones, to rely on geometric prints and plaid patterns. Add plaid to formalwear with pocket squares, ties or a cashmere tartan scarf from East Dane. You’ll also see vintage checks playing a prominent role in this year’s men’s trousers, jackets and caps.

9. Explore the Fringe Benefits of Fashion

Fringe is a fashion trend that’s made endless comebacks, and this year, there’s more to love. In 2018, you’ll definitely encounter plenty of dramatic looks and intensely glam interpretations of fringe inspired by the latest runway looks. Not one to rock fringe on your main garments or dresses? How about adding this style into your accessories like earrings, handbags, or a pair of eye-catching Saks 5th Avenue stilettos. Va va voom!

 

10. Feel Super in a Wedding Day Cape

One of the trends that’s made a lasting impression is the cape. Nearly every designer unveiled at least one wedding dress featuring a full-length cape or striking capelet. It doesn’t matter if it’s long, mid or mini…the look gives off serious queen vibes. BHLDN is more than happy to make your fairy tale dreams come true with a lineup that includes sheer capes containing pearl embellishments; bohemian-like embroidered capes; and lace-adorned, floor-length tulle capes. Whether this is for your wedding day over a simple white dress or for a night out in town over a plain tank top with a pair of jeans and heels—this look demands attention. 

You know what’s better than feeling luxe in the latest runway looks? Scoring these trends for less, which is what happens when you download our Giving Assistant Button. We’ll help you keep a better eye on promotions, cash back and deals from your favorite brands.

2017 Impact Report: Celebrating $4.2 Million Raised

2017 Impact Report: Celebrating $4.2 Million Raised

We’re on track, more than ever, to transform everyday shopping into charitable giving, which has been Giving Assistant’s top mission since 2014! You helped us accomplish amazing milestones in 2017 and we’re excited to share them with you through our Impact Report. These numbers are proof that real change can happen for real-life causes that impact thousands of lives through consistent, automatic donations from Giving Assistant’s shoppers and the power of community.

The Giving Assistant Team is so excited to conquer our 2018 goals and to see what we can accomplish this year alongside our shoppers and partnered nonprofits! Here are a few examples of how our shoppers’ donations have helped nonprofits create a direct impact.

Hope for Haiti
$10 helps treat 10 patients with Malaria.

Yellow Feather Fund
$10 a month helps cover the cost of developing free apps,
online games, and download activity sheets for children of all ages.

She Should Run
$25 supports a new woman in their Ask a Women to Run program.

Childrens Music Fund
$50 covers one session of music therapy.

Norcal Boxer Rescue
$25 can provide vaccines or one night of boarding for one dog.

To help make a difference today, log into your account settings and search for one of the nonprofits mentioned above or any nonprofit that is registered as a 501(c)(3). From 1% to 100%, you can decide the amount of your cash back earnings you’d like to donate to your selected charitable organization. For reference, check out the image below. 

Are you a nonprofit and haven’t signed up with Giving Assistant yet? Check out how you can raise recurring donations for your cause.

9 Last Minute Valentine’s Day Date Ideas That Has Cupid’s Approval

9 Last Minute Valentine’s Day Date Ideas That Has Cupid’s Approval

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner which means it’s time for you to start ironing out your plans! No need for grandiose ideas or to even break the bank to show that you really care. Try out one of these 9 budget-friendly, thoughtful date ideas and you’ll definitely score some major points with your honey!

1. Prepare a delicious treat-hopping adventure downtown.

Is your lover a big time foodie or has the ultimate sweet tooth? The search for chocolate ganache heart-shaped tarts, strawberry cannoli, and red velvet cherry cheesecake is on! Restaurants, bakeries and cafes have a knack for whipping up creative edibles for Valentine’s Day. This is the perfect time for you and your love to indulge in a unique assortment of fun sweets, treats, and drinks! Hop around from bakery to cafe to food trucks and stroll through parks in between to enjoy all of your tasty finds. Pinpoint all the spots you want to hit on a map and gift it along with a pair of Toms shoes to ensure they will definitely be comfy walking from place to place! Pro tip: Save room for the next stops by splitting the heavier desserts. 

2. Create an intimate concert of your greatest hits.  

Making mixtapes filled with love songs might be a thing of the past, but the warm memories you feel when listening to music that means something to you isn’t. This year, create a digital playlist with songs that pay homage to the experiences, moments and milestones that have helped shape your relationship. Include prom hits, old school jams, favorite tunes, your wedding song, and of course, the track dubbed ‘our‘ song. Set the mood for the night by playing your special collection of jams on a new Bluetooth speaker from GearBest. And, since Bluetooth speakers are portable, it means you can enjoy your musical trip down memory lane anywhere. A picnic in the park. A rented cabin by the lake. Dancing under the stars. 

3. Take lessons to prepare for a steamy dance battle at home.

Taking dance lessons on Valentine’s Day is a fun way for couples to stay active and explore new things together. For instance, the rhythm and movements of Latin music allows sweethearts to let loose and move their bodies in ways that definitely brings heat to the bedroom. Salsa dance gets the heart pumping and blood flowing. Tango is full of passion. And how can we forget the Forbidden Dance, lambada? Once home from your dance lesson, it’s time to test out your new moves…in the bedroom. Put on music and challenge your love to a seductive dance battle dressed in something a little more comfortable from Lingerie.com.

4. Arrange a rose-themed scavenger hunt.  

If you’re looking for an entertaining way to give a Valentine’s Day gift to your love, consider organizing a scavenger hunt that makes them work a little bit for it. First, you’ll need a unique way to build anticipation and announce the challenge. Arrange for the delivery of a bouquet of roses from 1-800-Flowers to serve as the official invitation or first clue of the scavenger hunt. Next, you’ll need to write out and hide clues that incorporate significant relationship memories, keepsakes, and favorite spaces about your home. In keeping with a floral theme, rose petals can be an impressive way to ‘spell’ out clues and give hints. Use them to create specific words or simply arrange in the shape of an arrow pointing towards their next destination. As he or she gets closer to their gift, you could also create a trail of rose petals leading to their surprise.

5. Plan a passionate staycation surprise.

You don’t have to travel far to enjoy an overnight adventure for Valentine’s Day. Embrace the concept of a staycation, where you get to enjoy a getaway within driving distance! Get out of the house to spice things up and to interrupt your usual day-to-day routine. Make arrangements to meet for after work drinks at a hotel lobby or nearby restaurant or bar. When the time seems right, slip your love an envelope with a message, room details, and key for accommodations that you booked through Hotels.com. Tell them to open the envelope in a few minutes. Give them a wink, and tell them ‘see you soon’ as you make your way to your hotel room. When they arrive, it’s up to you how you’ll surprise them. Champagne and strawberries? A gift on the bed? Lingerie and party games? The ideas are endless!

6. Get lost in a night of music, vintage style

If you really want to please a heavy music listener for Valentine’s Day, consider blowing their mind with the superior sound quality of their favorite tunes. Somewhere between online downloads and YouTube videos, the record player often gets forgotten. Vinyl has a reputation of delivering riveting bass lines and the emotional details of song much better than a digital copy. So, when you tell them it’s time to take a trip to the local record shop to select vinyls with songs that represent your relationship, also surprise them with a record player from AliExpress as a gift. Make a night of it, as you hunt for the first vinyls added to a collection that you create together.

7. Turn your dining room into a romantic bistro.

Holiday celebrations are even more special when food is involved! But this year, avoid crowded restaurants (where privacy is nonexistent) and ban takeout for the night. Let’s get creative with a home-cooked meal made from the heart. Transform your dining room into a French bistro. Write the name of your ‘restaurant’ on a chalkboard. Use fancy fonts to create a printed menu. Prepare a candle-lit seating arrangement with your finest tableware. Set the mood with playful jazz tunes. Need a little help tapping into your inner chef? Uniquely colorful and healthy meals are just a subscription away when you sign up with HelloFresh, which sends fresh, pre-packaged ingredients and simple recipes directly to your front door. The meal kits fit nicely in the fridge, making them a convenient solution for many bistro dinners to come.

8. Plan a simple outdoor rendezvous with wine and chocolate.

If you’re a laid-back couple that doesn’t need the frills, stick to the classic Valentine’s Day indulgences: chocolate and wine. Chocolate creates the kind of endorphin rush that puts lovers in just the right mood to have a very happy Valentine’s Day. Wine also has a stimulating effect that’s perfect for February 14th. The two aphrodisiacs together are a sexy pairing that elevates date night, for sure. Try different Ethel M Chocolates varieties, from dark chocolate to creme liqueurs to sea-salted caramel. Sit atop a hill overlooking the city as the sun sets or pitch a tent in your back yard and toast to the two of you.

9. Cross off local hot spots on your to-do list.

If you’re single, there’s nothing wrong with seeking a little companionship for Valentine’s Day. It can be exhausting trying to sift through potential dates for a casual night out. That’s why eHarmony comes in handy. They match you with local singles who want to explore the latest and greatest that your city has to offer. Once you’ve arranged a date, have a list of places you’ve always wanted to visit handy. Make a day (or night) of it. Check out that new restaurant that just opened. Attend a modern art gallery show. Sample craft beers at a quirky microbrewery. Enjoy sweet conversation over croissants at a popular Parisian bakery. You just might make a new best friend, or even better, find someone to enjoy all of your future Valentine’s Days with.

If you love saving money on products and services just as much as you enjoy celebrating special occasions, then download our Giving Assistant Button (if you haven’t already) – it’s a good way to stay on top of the best online deals.

7 Ways to Save Time & Money that The Self-Employed Tend To Forget

7 Ways to Save Time & Money that The Self-Employed Tend To Forget

Run your own small business? Selling crafts on Etsy? Freelance for local media outlets? There are definitely a lot of benefits that come with being your own boss. However, being self-employed also means you’re the one in charge of calculating a budget, keeping track of costs, and making sure your invoices are paid. The less time spent on becoming tax ready and maximizing your deductions means you can focus more on growing your business, making money, crossing items off your to-do list, playing with the kids, traveling, and just plain ol’ enjoying life.

What really helps out is using something created specifically to make life easier for small business owners and freelancing creatives, like QuickBooks Self-Employed – it just might become the only tax tool you need to manage all your income and expenses. Known as one of the best finance apps and accounting programs for the self-employed, it’s accessible anywhere where there’s an Internet connection.

Now, let’s get down to some of­­­ the self-employment tax deductions and time-saving tips you don’t want to miss:

1. Trade in crumpled receipts and chicken scratch for easy-to-read reports

Imagine all the time wasted deciphering and sorting monthly credit card statements, bank records, mountains of receipts, and tons of handwritten reminders. Lengthy paper trails usually lead straight to a headache. To make things easier, take snapshots of receipts from expenses, and use software that pulls the data and digitally categorizes it. QuickBooks Self-Employed does this, plus organizes your income and expenses to create monthly, bi-weekly, and quarterly finance reports that include profit and loss reports, tax summary PDFs, and tax details in Excel.

You’ll also be able to sync all of your credit card and bank accounts; as well as import transactions from applicable financial accounts, like Chase, Capital One, Discover and PayPal.

2. Use a dedicated room or space to claim home office expenses

One of the largest deductions available to a self-employed individual is having a home office. And, we’re not talking about the dining room table you use to pack shipments. You can only claim expenses related to a workspace or dedicated spaces reserved exclusively for your self-employment activities, including rooms used for the storage of inventory, product samples, art supplies or equipment – think spare room, basement or attic. No one else can sleep, eat or work there. Home office expenses also include utility costs, rent, mortgage, and homeowner/renters insurance.

3. Claim more than just gas mileage

The gallons of gas and miles racked up traveling back and forth for supply runs and client meetings aren’t the only business expenses related to a car or truck that self-employed individuals can claim. In addition to using an app that puts your smartphone’s GPS to good use (automatically tracking mileage and logging in business-related road travel), QuickBooks Self-Employed also categorizes deductible expenses you probably never thought of into subcategories that include auto repairs, vehicle loans, car insurance, parking/tolls, and even wash/road services.

4. Advertise your heart out, and then deduct the costs

Business cards, flyers, and other visual shout-outs used to promote and sell your services and products are deductible advertising expenses. Online sellers, you’ll be happy to know that listing fees also fall under this category.

Other examples of advertising that small business owners and freelancers can claim on taxes:

  • Website advertising, like banner ads and pay-per-click fees
  • Business logo design
  • TV commercials, billboards, newspaper inserts, and magazine ads
  • Promotional giveaways, like hats, T-shirts, cups and pen

5. Quit playing guessing games with client invoices

Did you know that studies have shown that around 60% of invoices are paid late with more than one-third of clients taking at least 2 weeks to pay up? That’s why it’s important to clearly state (in writing) your payment terms, time frames, late-payment penalties, and upfront fees. Something extremely helpful that makes QuickBooks Self-Employed shine are the notifications sent to let you know when an invoice has been viewed and when payments are being processed. No more guessing games! And, if by some unfortunate chance you’re never paid by a client, you can still deduct out-of-pocket expenses associated with the work you completed.

6. A full stomach is tax deductible (when it’s a business meal!)

Treating a client to fancy Italian restaurtant or discussing a potential partnership over a game of golf are types of expenses directly related to current and future business endeavors that are deductible at 50%. You don’t need to save receipts for these expenses when they’re under $75, but it’s highly recommended to keep solid records on the reasons why you’re claiming such events and food.

You can also claim:

  • hosting a group business dinner at your home
  • meals bought at conferences, trade shows, and conventions
  • court and greens fees for activities with business associates
  • the costs of meals and entertainment for a business associate’s spouse

7. Try before you buy, and then deduct purchases as a business expense

As a self-employed individual, you may feel overwhelmed with all of the tools and services promising to save you money and time. So, why not take them for a test run? For instance, QuickBooks Self-Employed is free for 30 days. You don’t even need a credit card to try it out. Once you’re satisfied with the results, you can sign up as an official monthly subscriber, and take advantage of multiple benefits. Business subscriptions are deductible expenses too!

Another way to keep your occupational pursuits running smoothly is to download the Giving Assistant Button, which connects you to the latest ways to save money on the products and services that help expand your self-employment dreams.

6 Things to Do to Make this Your Healthiest Year Ever

6 Things to Do to Make this Your Healthiest Year Ever

Want to enjoy a longer, happier life? Making just a few tweaks in your daily routine and a couple lifestyle changes can make a world of difference in successfully transforming into the healthiest version of yourself. Paying attention to both the health of your body and mind is essential, and below we’ll introduce 6 ways on how to improve yourself across the board!

1. Move that body…and stay motivated

From stress reduction to a healthier heart, the benefits of exercise are undeniable. Losing just 5-10 pounds can have a significant effect on your overall well-being. You can definitely work it all out on your own, but what fun would that be? You have a better chance of staying motivated when you surround yourself with people trying to achieve some of the same goals as you. Sign up for a studio fitness class, like the small groups led by instructors from Class Pass, which offer inspiring spaces for workouts in strength training, cycling, barre, yoga, and even rock climbing.

2. Get colorful with your meals

One of the best ways to increase the amount of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that a healthy body needs to function at full capacity is to eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. Challenge yourself to add foods that represent the five main color groups (as identified by the American Heart Association): red & pink; blue & purple; yellow & orange; green; white & brown. And, when you’re running low on time to shop for and plan meals that motivate, let a delivery service like Hello Fresh do the work. They provide easy-to-follow recipes with healthy ingredients that include meat, fish, grains, plant-based proteins, and seasonal produce.

3. Power up with superfoods

Healthy food swaps provide that extra boost you need when you’re trying to lose weight, get or stay fit, and feel more energized. Add superfoods to your diet to get a mega dose of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other benefits for the body. This is why you’ll see online shops, like Puritan’s Pride, stocked with goji berries, acai, cacao powder, chia seeds, flaxseed, hemp seeds, maca powder, quinoa, coconut oil, turmeric, raw honey, and matcha green tea.

4. Take time to pamper yourself

To melt away the negative effects of stress on the mind and body, forget a trip to the spa and instead, choose in-home pampering with specific bath and body care, skincare, and scented products. Set a calming scene with aromatherapy candles, L’Occitane diffusers, and other rejuvenating home fragrances. Soak in a bubble bath filled with essential oils that promote relaxation, like lavender, which also helps you sleep. Other scents to note: rose (soothes and uplifts your spirits), ylang ylang (calms the mind), mandarin (eases anxiety), and vanilla, cherry blossom, and jasmine to elevate your mood.

5. Take your daily dose of ‘D’

If you don’t get enough of any kind of vitamin, you run the risk of developing a deficiency and unwanted medical conditions that you can avoid. Vitamin D is a disease-fighting, mood-improving, immune system-boosting powerhouse also linked to appetite control, weight loss, and having an active metabolism. We get vitamin D from sunlight and eating tuna, salmon and mackerel. But, that’s not enough because nearly 75 percent of Americans are vitamin-D deficient. Supplements, like the ones sold at the Vitamin Shoppe, can provide that daily dose of ‘D’ you need to stay on the go and healthy.

6. Add color to your wardrobe

Treating yourself to a new piece of clothing not only has a positive effect on your mood, but also contributes to shaping a healthier self-image. Did you know that wearing just the right color can make you look 10 years younger or 10 pounds lighter? To achieve a slimming effect, use bright, bold colors to accentuate your favorite assets. Also, incorporate colorful accessories for a more vibrant look, like eyewear with lively frames, patterned scarves, and jewelry from Gilt in bold hues that add youthful pops of color to an outfit.

Lastly, if you’re looking for more products and services that make it easier to achieve your get-healthy goals, download our Giving Assistant Button to keep up with the latest ways to save money and give back to good causes.