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Healthy Holiday Happy Hour Favorites

‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry but it doesn’t mean we have to leave all our healthy habits behind until the New Year. We’ve found 5 simple, healthier cocktails that will keep everyone at your holiday happy hour merry and bright…and feeling their best!

This boozy skinny hot chocolate from Fit Foodie Finds has only four easy ingredients – almond milk, pure maple syrup, cocoa powder and a hint of amaretto – and less than 100 calories! Now that’s what we call a merry must!

Mulled wine is one of our favorite holiday traditions and this recipe from Gimme Some Oven does not disappoint! A good bottle of red wine, the perfect blend of warm holiday spices including cloves, cinnamon and star anise, and a kick of brandy help make the season extra bright.

This next Christmas cocktail from Yeah…Imma Eat That combines two of our favorite things – red wine and dark chocolate – into one antioxidant rich treat. This one is decidedly decadent, but in a good way with only three flavor-filled ingredients. It’s the perfect thing to sip on while you sit by the fire waiting for Santa to arrive.

This simple 5-ingredient rosemary gin fizz from Cookie and Kate has fresh winter flavors that pop and gets its hint of sweetness from natural honey instead of added sugar or soda. The sprig of rosemary garnish puts a festive spin on your fizz to make it extra special for the holidays!

Finally, this apple and cranberry kombucha sangria from Abbey’s Kitchen is sure to add a healthy dose of yum to your holiday party! White wine, kombucha, apples, cranberries and a little lemon and your seasonal sangria is ready to go! Don’t forget to save us a glass…or two!

Happy holidays from our Sagely family to yours!

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5 Healthy Living Bloggers We Love

Sometimes staring at a screen can be good for you, if you’re looking for inspiration on health, wellness and fitness in the right places. Here are five healthy living bloggers we’ve got bookmarked at Sagely HQ that we think you’ll love:

For the soon-to-be healthy mom:

Photo Credit: With D

Dana of With D inspires women to keep fit and healthy before, during and after pregnancy with her writing, workout tips and wholesome recipes. She focuses on empowering moms – both mentally and physically – for child birth and beyond through key exercise regimens, dietary advice and good old-fashioned girl power. We love her quick video workouts on Instagram and her Mummy Moments reflections on motherhood.

For the healthy foodie:

Photo Credit: Nutrition Stripped

Eating well doesn’t have to mean sacrificing flavor and no one knows that better than dietitian nutritionist McKel Hill of Nutrition Stripped. She loves to share simple and delicious recipes, health tips and favorite finds to keep you feeling your best, inside and out. And she does it all in a beautiful, fresh format that we love to look at. Check out her post on “How to Improve Digestion in 5 Steps” and find her gorgeous cookbook here.

For the 60+ set:

Photo Credit: Sixty + Me

Life starts after 60, if you ask us. And the team at Sixty + Me definitely agrees. Their mission is to empower and motivate women to find their own voice and value in a transitional time of life that offers so much new opportunity. They do it by writing on topics ranging from beauty and fitness to relationships, travel and retirement in a fun, engaging way. We loved this post on maintaining healthy joints and avoiding arthritis and this one on how just 12 minutes of daily yoga can have a major impact on your health.

For the tech junkie:

Photo Credit: Techealthiest

We get it, we can get sucked into a social media vortex as quickly as anyone, which is why we love Dr. Greg Kusnick’s blog, Techealthiest.com. He writes about the intersection of technology, health and happiness and explores how we can all be a little smarter about our social media consumption and how we allow it to impact our wellness. Bookmark this post on “How to Take a Healthy Selfie” and this one on “Mental Healthy Days.” We love those, too 😉

For the girl who needs a little fun with her fitness:

Photo Credit: In It 4 The Long Run

We love Georgie from In It 4 the Long Run because her approach to healthy living is filled with real-life advice, encouragement and laughs. She is the first one to say that living your best life isn’t always easy but that it’s always worth it and she wants to help you on your journey. We lol’d more than once at her post on giving up regular exercise (yep, you read that right) and Insta-followed everyone on her healthy living feeds to follow post.

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Welcome to Sagely!

Sagely is the realization of a dream that began well over two years ago…

We had been helping our own parents and grandparents with managing their medications, and we found the experience constantly challenging because of the way typical drugstore pill boxes are made:

  • Tiny compartments that barely fit more than a few small pills and barely any large ones
  • Plastic lids that are tough to open, especially for people with arthritis and other manual dexterity issues
  • Made of cheap, cloudy materials that break easily
  • Inaccurate loading and pills dropping on the floor only to find them days later (this really happened to us – many times!)
  • Ugly design that gets hidden away and forgotten about

We tried various models and actually came to expect these frustrations, but after assisting a grandparent with the counting of over 30 pills and vitamins a day, we had to ask ourselves – why is this ok? For many people, the pill box holds medications that are a matter of life and death, so shouldn’t such a crucial tool be more reliable?

We decided it was time for a change.

We designed the Sagely Smart Weekly Pill Organizer to be both useful AND positive. Taking your pills and vitamins should be a pleasant experience – it should make you feel good about improving your wellbeing rather than make you feel “sick.” With its beautiful design, large containers, clear materials, spacious surface area on the lids, and the ability to push pills through to the container after counting them out, the Sagely Smart Weekly Pill Organizer is determined to be the exact opposite of the drugstore pill box (yes, our inanimate Smart Weekly Pill Organizer has a tenacious personality).

We also wanted to factor in accountability, by giving the user the opportunity to continually verify that all of their pills are accounted for. This is why we also created the Sagely App, an easy-to-use way to program and be reminded of when it’s time to take your medications. At our core, Sagely has committed to using simplicity and design to take some of the burden out of managing wellness.

And today is the official launch of our website – we couldn’t be more excited!

We’ll be using the space in our blog to highlight everything happening with us, as well as to share valuable information and tips that support our mission:

Wellbeing Made Simple.

It’s not just a tagline after all, it’s a philosophy!

Our Smart Weekly Pill Organizer is days away from being shipped and the Sagely App will be available for FREE download in the coming weeks for Apple and Android devices.

Be sure to add us on social media for real time updates on our products, promotions, and news! “Like” us on Facebookfollow us on twitterand stay tuned as we roll out more channels in the coming days.

There’s so much happening that we can’t wait to share with you. Sign up for our email list to be among the first in the world to experience the Sagely difference. Simply go to our homepage and click “Notify Me” – we’ll take it from there!

Thank you,

Team Sagely