Young Living Essential Oils

For many years now, I’ve been ordering oils from a couple of different places, or I simply pick them up from Whole Foods or other boutique’s & use them as “cologne”.  I’ve been using oils because they are inexpensive & smell fresh.  I like a fresh/clean smell rather than a strong colonge scent.  I know there are so many benefits of essential oils, but I simply prefer them as “good smells”.  Several weeks ago, Lisa contacted me about her therauputic grade essential oils.  I thought why not try a different brand that I’ve never heard of before because I love discovering new products.  I was shocked when they arrived & I started using them how powerful they could be.  They have many more properties than simply smelling good.  Ha, I’m now a believer.  Let me tell you a little….

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If you’re a regular follower of my blog, you’ve noticed over the past several months, I’ve been slowing down with my posts.  I haven’t posted daily, as I used to for quite some time because my life has gotten extremely busy.  I’ll spare you the details, but have been swamped with “life” which has inhibited my ability to blog regularly.  So, of course, the first oil I wanted to try from the Young Living Essential Oils kit that was sent to me was the peace & calming sample

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The explaination of this oil that came in  my booklet said:  “Combining essential oils that are simultaneously soothing and uplifting, Peace & Calming is formulated to help release tension.  Massage onto the soles of your children’s feet before bedtime to encourage a restful night’s sleep.”  Well, I wanted to try it first before I used it on my children.  I did (during the day) put it on the bottom of my feet & on my wrists as well b/c that’s where I usually put my oils.  I must tell you that the scent is very strong.  Much stronger than I’m used to from the other oils I’ve purchased.  So, definitely what I read about the Young Living Essential Oils being pure & powerful holds true there.  Throughout the day, I found myself quiet relaxed & at ease, even with everything going on that day.  I admit to not loving this scent, but do believe that the oils kept me in a nice relaxed place throughout the day.

I then tried the Citrus Fresh & put it on a cotton ball in a few rooms in my house. Stone LOVED the smell & thanked him for putting it in his room.  Our house smelled fresh & clean & it I loved smelling this scent throughout the next couple days.  I did refresh the cotton balls.

This is what is said about Citrus Fresh:  Citrus Fresh™ is a relaxing, calming blend loved by children and adults alike. Rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene, it supports the immune system and overall health* while bringing about a sense of well-being, creativity, and feelings of joy. It also works as an air purifier.

One of my favorite scents of all time is lavendar, so of course, I had to try the lavendar.  I don’t honestly know if it’s true for me that lavendar relaxes or if I simply love the scent of lavendar.  Again, I rubbed it on my wrists & rubbed it on my pillow & Truman’s pillow before bed.  Both of us are good sleepers, so that’s not a good test to see if it really helped us sleep better, but it was quite refreshing to smell before I fell asleep & when I woke in the a.m.

I will tell you that the scent is much stronger than the oils I typically purchase.  They also last longer.  It’s certain possible that the benefits are substantial b/c I’ve been surrounding myself with the “relaxing” oils & I’ve felt much more at ease since using them.

Here’s some information about Young Living Essential Oils…
True Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils
Therapeutic grade essential oils are extremely concentrated particularly when they have been derived through distillation, which is the most effective method of extraction. Because essential oils are so highly concentrated, most of them are at least 50 times more therapeutically potent than the herbs or plants they came from. When herbs are cut & dehydrated for therapeutic use, they can lose as much as 90% of the healthy nutrients as well as the vast majority of the vital oxygen molecules. Not so with essential oils, which are many times more potent than dried herbs.

Most of the essential oils you find in health food stores are so low in quality and full of adulterations, you would be shocked. Even essential oils labeled as “PURE” are not what they seem.

There is a very big difference between the low quality essential oils and true therapeutic grade essential oils.

Young Living Essential Oils set the standard for purity and quality in the U.S. Every batch of oils is rigorously tested by independent laboratories before being sold to customers. You are protected by Young Living’s unconditional guarantee of purity and quality.

I would definitely recommend these oils & am excited that I was given the opportunity to give them a try.

Have you used therapeutic grade essential oils before?  What benefits have you experienced?

Lisa, I’m so grateful for this experience.  Thank you for the opportunity!

Link Laces No Tie Shoelaces Review & giveaway (5 winners)

I typically post giveaways in the beginning of the week, but I’ve been reviewing this one for a while & am ready for you learn about it!  Link Laces No Tie Shoelaces are Premium Elastic Shoe Laces!  You never have to tie your shoelaces again.  You can use them for boots, athletic shoes, any type of shoes with laces.  I especially found them to be intriguing as I work with people with special needs who have fine motor difficulties & these are brilliant for those who have trouble tying their own laces.  This enables them to be independent with thier shoes!  Brilliant!  I also know that when I run long, I need to stop & adjust my laces, as they become loose & need to be re-tied!

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For this review, I put them on Truman’s shoes.  He’s 10, hates to tie his shoes, and has difficulty making his laces tight enough not to come undone.  So, a couple of weeks ago, I thread them through Truman’s shoes  & presto…..  Even for this little guy who is hard on “everything”, they worked!  His shoes stayed on, his laces remained tight & they caused a lot less stress in our house b/c he used to walk around with untied laces.

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Building Better Eating Habits

Periodically I’m asked to post something here about various topics.  I will post when I agree what is being suggested & of course decline when it’s not of interest to me thus think you also will not be interested.  In the meantime, the article below sounded so intriguing to me, I hope you also find it to be interesting!  I post it now, as I myself have been struggling with healthy eating habits.  Of course, I do realize that I am pretty healthy, but when I fall from my clean eating, I tend to slip hard & it’s hard to get back.  Well, friends, I’m back!  When I eat healthy, I feel so much better both emotionally & physically.  I am curious to hear your thoughts on Building Better Eating Habits.  Enjoy.

The UK’s FSA Uses Bingo for Building Better Habits

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We don’t always want to admit it, but we’ve all had bad eating habits. Whether it’s the willful enjoyment of “just another cupcake” or guzzling down a sugary soda at every meal, these small habits can be pretty hard to break. After all, even if you wanted  to actually start eating healthy, there’s a big chance that the thought of giving up your favorite desserts and heavy meals could be enough to turn you off of the idea of correcting your eating habits altogether. It’s not always easy to get people to start eating better, and it’s especially difficult when it comes to kids. The first step, of course, is proper education, and the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has been hard at work developing ways to get children and adults alike to start eating much healthier food, as well as start taking on a better understanding of food in general. The UK has already been dubbed Europe (The-second-fattest-country), and their National Health Service spends billions a year on emergency bariatric surgery for the morbidly obese. It’s an epidemic of epic proportions, and the FSA has decided to try and nip the problem in the bud by coming up with a great way to educate the public about proper eating. They’ve done this in a rather unconventional way too – with the help of one of Britain’s favorite pastimes: Bingo. Bingo isn’t a game that’s still played often around the world, but in the UK, the game is huge. The BBC reported than in 2004, there were less than 20 online bingo portals operating in the UK, but by 2013, these online bingo sites numbered over 350. Thanks to the services of companies like Virtue Fusion, whose bingo software powers the games on Betfair a slew of online bingo portals have emerged. Even the Daily Mail, a rather popular news outlet, launched a bingo site in support of breast cancer awareness. Experts estimated that the industry was worth $557 million in the UK alone, making bingo one of its most popular pastimes. Seeing this, the FSA did something rather remarkable: they created bingo games that taught proper proportions, as well as encouraged a more hygienic approach towards food in general. The FSA created two bingo games, the first of which is Eatwell Bingo.  Eatwell Bingo relies on the Eatwell Plate, the lesser-known, updated version of the Food Pyramid. It goes through the items found in the Eatwell Plate and becomes a platform for discussion amongst parents and their kids, or groups of friends who want to learn more about what they should be eating, and how much they should be eating.

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The second bingo game is Beat the Bingo Bug, a game that was created in response to the rising number of cases of food poisoning from the food bug listeria. It covers five themes: choosing food, cooking the food, chilling the food, cleaning the food, and preventing contamination of germs. It helps teach groups of people how to properly handle their food and make sure that they’re eating clean, safe food at all time. Bingo might seem like a strange game to use, but with it being so popular in the UK, the choice seemed quite obvious. The FSA continues to develop fun educational games that make use of popular platforms in order to further disseminate information about healthy eating habits.

Foggless Shower Mirror review & Winner!

I had the opportunity to review the Foggless Shower Mirror.  I’ve had it for a few weeks now & wanted to wait a little bit before I wrote my review.  Namely because I’ve had several other shower mirrors in the past that simply didn’t stand up to their claim.  I wanted to make sure this was going to be an honest review, so I wanted to give it a while to see how it really works.  Sounds funny that I needed to give a shower mirror a little time to see how it works, doesn’t it?  Well, I’ve had several others & they either fog up or don’t stick to the shower tiles as claimed.  This one works, as it states it does!!!!  It sticks & doesn’t fog up in the shower!  That’s all that we need.  Both my husband & I both like it!  He of course likes it to see what he’s shaving.  I like it to make sure I get all the soap off my face.  It also comes with a handy razor holder that is next to the shower mirror.

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It’s only $14.99 on Amazon.  While I didn’t pay for it b/c it was review, it’s definitely worth the price.  IF you’re looking for a shower mirror that stands up to it’s claim, this is a good & inexpensive.  Both wins in my book!

The winner of the Peanut Butter & Co. giveaway is  kimimate13.  Please email me with your mailing information so I can get you your delicious pb right away!  Thanks!

In honor of national peanut month; a Peanut Butter & Co. mystery ingredient recipe & giveaway

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Today is a special Meatless Monday!  I was asked by the  Yum Squad to participate in a special #MysteryIngredient challenge in celebration of National Peanut Month.  Well, YES, of course I wanted to participate.  I LOVE peanut butter!  The hope is to showcase the wonderful versatility of peanut butter by providing me with a mystery ingredient to be used in addition to peanut butter in a recipe.

If you read my blog, you know I use pb often to cook/bake with, so I was ready for the challenge!  However, not knowing what the mystery ingredient was going to be made me so darn curious!

To my pleasant surprise my mystery ingredient was sriracha!  I LOVE sriracha as much as I love pb.  It was a win/win for me.

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So, I’ve been playing around with recipes & really am pleased with how this one came out!  I love using pb in dressings & this one is so tasty.  I shared it with my company the other day & they were also pleased!

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Sriracha & PB&Company pb dressing
Recipe type: dressing
Prep time: 
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Serves: 10
  • 1 C PB&Co. pb (any flavor you like)
  • 1.5 T nutritional yeast
  • 2 pinches Himalayan pink salt
  • 2 T sriracha
  • 1 C water
  1. Put everything together in a food processor/blender & mix until thoroughly combined!
  2. You can coat kale, lettuce, quinoa, rice with this dressing. It'd also be great in a sandwich. It's so easy & versatile!

My friends at Peanut Butter & Co. want to give you a headstart with making your own treats with their tasty pb, so enter the rafflecopter below to get your own Peanut Butter & Co. sent to your home!

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The Kelapo Coconut oil giveaway is:

Holly Denise Edwards!

Kelapo Coconut Oil Giveaway!

I’ve done a review for Kelapo Coconut Oil in the past & was so thrilled when they contacted me again.  I use coconut oil for almost All of my cooking & baking.  If you haven’t yet gotten on the coconut oil bandwagon, I must tell you that it’s time!

Coconut oil has so many benefits!

Extra virgin coconut oil is comprised of medium chain triglycerides, or MCTs, that you could say are the most recognized ingredients of plant based saturated fats. The most recognizable of all the MCTs is lauric acid. Besides extra virgin coconut oil, lauric acid is found in breast milk. Rich in antioxidants, lauric acid and other MCTs, may help the body absorb important nutrients and minerals, eliminate harmful bacteria, and fight the signs of aging.

Professional athletes have long been using coconut oil as fuel to build lean muscle. Adding coconut oil to a smoothie, can increase your feeling of fullness and satiety for longer periods of time. Some people have even reported the ability to burn more energy and achieve greater workout results after the use of extra virgin coconut oil.  

Mediterranean diets receive lots of attention for the connection between health and the use of olive oil. In tropical countries where coconut oil has been consumed daily for hundreds of years, similar reports of overall health are beginning to be reported as well.

Lastly, scientific research is further looking into the connection between extra virgin coconut oil and brain function. Over time, glucose inhibitors can limit the amount of energy to the brain, causing a decrease in cognitive function. Consuming regular amounts of coconut oil however, can lead to ketone production, and the brain uses ketones as energy when glucose is not present, helping restore brain activity.  Well, I know I can use restored brain activity.  Personally, I haven’t seen this result yet, but I’m hoping…

Seriously though, I really love the benefits & taste of coconut oil.  There are several brands of coconut oil on the market, but they’re not all created equal!

Since opening for business, Kelapo has focused on providing the market’s highest quality extra virgin coconut oil. Each of our products is a direct reflection of our commitment to wholesome, sustainable living. We personally base our healthy lifestyle around organic nutrition, regular exercise, and natural remedies.

One way we do this is by incorporating coconut oils into our own everyday recipes and routines and we take great joy in making their benefits available to friends, family, and customers.

I use it for roasting my vegetables, making protein balls, baking, rub it on my hands to help the dryness, and so much more.

The kind folks at Kelapo want you to try their products as well & they’re giving away an 8-ounce jar and soy-free spray, which are always a hit with consumers!

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Premier Protein Review & Nut Milk & Butter Cookbook winners



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I was so fortunate to receive a “slew” of goodies from the Premier Protein line.  I received a shakes, bars & smoothies to review.

Everyone in my house decided to help with the review.

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Stone first tried a vanilla shake for breakfast.  He’s a good/healthy eater, but not always a fan of protein drinks.  He gave this one a thumb’s up & has since had several along with the chocolate flavor.  He does prefer the vanilla best.

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As for me, I’m a big proten bar gal.  I love to have them around for those times when I am on the run & need something tasty & healthy.  I found the pb bar to be quite tasty & relatively low in sugar & other ingredients compared to most protein bars on the market.  It hit the spot & served the purpose of putting something healthy in my belly until my next meal!

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Premier Protein’s line of shakes, bars and smoothies provide delicious protein to give you the energy you need every day and are packed with protein, not sugar or calories.


On the Premier Protein website, you can compare foods to see how they stack up against each other.  I paired up a protein shake with a bagel & cream cheese, which Stone eats sometimes.

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I’d much prefer Stone eats a Premier Protein shake instead of a bagel.


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Here’s another great comparison for you.  I always find it to be so shocking to see what is in a latte.  Look at the comparison above of protein & sugars.  EEK!  Sucha difference!

You can see here where you can buy Premier Protein products.

Premier Protein is also offering a contest now.  Here’s the information:

Premier Protein is accepting applications to become one of 20 trainer ambassadors to join their team. The chosen ambassadors will use their voice to inspire, motivate and educate their communities – locally and online.
The best part? The 20 ambassadors will each receive a $5,000 grant to use towards their continuing fitness education. Interested trainers can apply at through February 27. Winners will be notified the week of March 16.

Winners of the Nut Milk & Butters Cookbook:
Holly Denise Edwards
Breanna Bigby-Sackrey

Ladies, Please email me with your mailing information so I can get your books sent your way!

Meatless Monday- Coconut protein balls

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I love love love protein balls.  I love them because they’re filled with such great things.  They taste great!  They’re healthy & decadant!  I also like to grab a few balls when I’m in a rush & don’t have much time for a proper breakfast.

Well, I made some last night with ingredients I had & they’re so tasty!  You’re going to have to make them!

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Recipe type: snack or breakfast (vegan)
Cuisine: Coconut Protein Balls
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • ½ C raw almonds
  • ½ C raw walnuts
  • 12 majool dates (pitted)
  • ½ C coconut flakes (+ extra for rolling)
  • 2 T chia seeds
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt
  1. Place nuts in food processor until crumbly.
  2. Add all other ingredients until well mixed. A large ball should form & that's when you stop the food processor.
  3. Use a "scooper" to form balls & then roll into hands before rolling into extra coconut.
  4. Store in the refrigerator for 1 week or freeze to last longer.


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My favorite: nut milk & GIVEAWAY

I told you last week that I was so excited to find ways to use the leftover pulp from making almond milk.  Now, I’m certain that some of you are thinking it’s really crazy to make almond milk.  I didn’t make it for a very long time, as I always thought it was plain silly.  I thought it seemed too difficult.  There are so many varieties out there, why make my own?  Well, I’m not sure what made me cave, but maybe it was reading so many people’s testimonials about how good it is, so I had to give it a try.  I purchased a nut milk bag from Amazon (my favorite place to shop).  The bag was only $12 & I found a recipe on Pinterest. Not much of an investment, right?!  Well, I made it one time & I have to tell you I was hooked!  I do like to “indulge” with So Delicious Coconut Creamer now and again, but my preference now is making my own almond milk.  I add a vanilla bean (when I have one) or use pure vanilla extract & dates to sweeten it & give it some added flavor.  It really doesn’t take much time & for me it’s so worth the effort.  It’s creamy, thick like creamer & absolutely delicious.

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When I read that Melissa King developed a cookbook all about nut milk, I knew I had to have it!  I preordered it on Amazon & started using it immediately.

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I certainly haven’t made too many things, as I’ve only had it for a couple weeks, but I love it thus far.  Actually, I follow Melissa’s blog, My Whole Food Life & LOVE everything about it.  I entered a giveaway for her cookbook & won!  I also forgot I pre-ordered her book & bought another.  So, I have 2 extra cookbooks for YOU!  If you’ve never made nut milk, I suggest you try it.  Dont’ be intimidated, as I was to get started.  You’ll be so happy once you begin & will not find anything store bought nearly as good.

She has some fun varieties of nut butters in the book as well.  I have yet to try those, as right now, I’m stocked for now & still on The 30 Clean.

For your chance to win a copy, enter the rafflecopter below, I have 2 to giveaway!

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Even if you don’t win, I hope I’ve inspired you to give it a try…..

Meatless Monday, Using nut pulp & winner

I know I’ve posted here about my love for homemade almond milk.  There’s seriously nothing that compares to homemade almond milk.  I absolutely love it & when I froth it and enjoy my coffee that much more!

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One time I made a recipe using the leftover pulp from making the almond milk, but typically I throw it away.  Such a waste, but I never had anything exceptional to do with it!  UNTIL NOW!  I told you last week that I got this cookbook!  There are a few recipes in there that use the leftover almond pulp!  I was so excited to try one!  I made the protein packed balls & they were perfect!  I love balls for quick breakfasts or easy snacks (when I’m not on The 30 Clean).

Honestly, it took a little work to get the pulp ready to use for the balls, but wow are they tasty!

Here are some pics of the process:

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These balls are made with only 3 ingredients:  nut milk pulp, coconut flakes, dates!

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In the meantime, I want to share the nut milk love with you, so I”m going to be posting a giveaway for a Nut Milk Cookbook. I have 2 to giveaway!!!!


Brandi is the winner of the MYPROTEIN giveaway.  Brandi, I sent you an email.  Please let me know your mailing information so I can send your Whey Protein your way!

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