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Cetaphil moisturizing cream is a rich, non greasy cream that provides hours of relief for dry skin. Also helps with moisture loss.

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Happy Fall. So here in Michigan it is getting cold. We have also been getting crazy high winds lately, which just make it feel that much colder. So here are some things that have been keeping me occupied lately.

I made a succulent terrarium. My inspiration came from my favorite Michigan YouTuber: How Jen Does It.  She featured this on one of her house tours and a tutorial. I was obsessed, and had to create my own.

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I also made a few other pieces for other rooms in my house to enjoy over the cold winter months ahead.

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Picked up this at Trader Joe’s.

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Cannot wait to try this out. Posts to follow! Here are some details on what this is. Also wanted to mention that Trader Joe’s sells this for $15.99. All other prices I have seen for this have been upwards of $50.00. So if interested go to Trader Joe’s.

Had this canvas photo made. It was a coupon code from my Fab Fit Fun Box from Picture it on Canvas. It was a $75.00 value coupon code to purchase anything on the site. I was beyond excited to order this. This is my all time favorite picture of me and my husband. Were in Bora Bora celebrating our 20th. Wedding Anniversary. Bora Bora Post Here.

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Fab Fit Fun

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Ordered this box because it looked like a fun quarterly box subscription. It was loaded with stuff. So glad I ordered it. I have used every item in this box and wish I would have know about it sooner. If you interested in ordering this 4 time per year box you will be Subscribing to happy. They Deliver the season’s best beauty, fashion, & fitness products (full-size, of course) straight to your doorstep. The contents of your box is a surprise – that’s part of the fun of it! From time to time, a teaser emails revealing certain items will be sent to you in advance. It is a taste of the types of amazing beauty, wellness, fashion, and fitness products all girls love. Fab Fit Fun.

Detroit Love.

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Pink Salt Himalayan Lamp from VitaCost.

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My blog is always a mix of things. Food, Health, Reviews and Travel. I try to keep it a balanced mix and today’s post is a bit of all the above.

I was sent the following BeetsBlue to review. I never thought I would want to use a Heart Rate Monitor, so that is exactly why I wanted to try it. I am not a runner or by any stretch of the imagination athletic, but I do my own versions of workouts that fit my lifestyle and age. I am health conscious and am very active and I live by getting in all my 10,000 steps per day, and I love to walk. I hiking/walking at a local farm as well as using my indoor treadmill are my main ways to stay heart healthy.

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BeetsBLU

Beets BLU Key Finder / Items Finder Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Small Wireless PagerTag Keychain item with Audio Alarm. Device Syncs with Smartphone iPhone (4S and later), iPad (mini, 3, 4, Air) and Samsung Galaxy (S4, S5, S6)

 Our lost thing reminder is a black electronic beeper which has loud sound alarm and red LED light in case of link loss
  • Our portable lost key detector also has remote commands accessible on the key fob button press
  • Geo regions actions (iOS only). You can use our key locator system through special app for iOS and Android. Gadget pairs with Apple iPhone (4S, 5, 5S, 5C, 6, 6 plus), iPad (mini, 3, 4, Air) and Samsung Galaxy (S4, S5, S6, S6 Edge)
  • Lost location tracking on smart phone. Our device helps to find lost keys. The item can be also used for such objects as purse (wallet), pet, bag and anything you tend to lose. Uses low power transmitter
  • Proximity detection with automatic sound alert. Also works as RF remote control. Our tracker is a great gadget for men and women

How can I use it?

No matter how brilliant your memory is, there are always moments when you are in a rush and can’t find your belongings, like your phone or keys, or when you need to track your luggage at the airport, or you have left your bag behind.*
PagerTag is extremely helpful
in the following circumstances:
  • If you can’t find your keys in a rush or you can’t find them in your bag
  • If you left your wallet or purse behind or misplaced it
  • If you attach PagerTag to your travel bag, your phone will notify you when it is nearby at the baggage claim area
  • If your tagged pet is outside of a set range
  • If your item has been stolen or moved by someone else to an area you’re not aware of (accidents happen)

Love the Alarm on this PagerTag, while testing it I went out of range and the alarm really was loud enough to locate and or alert you that your item is not where you left it. 

Also, a few things I plan to use for is traveling and also on my little Ginger girl. When we travel or camp she is a very curious little girl and I can see her running off if she was to ever squirm out of her collar. (this happened once while camping when she got scared of some fireworks)

Adorable, but scared and sometimes curious. Especially when fireworks season is upon us.

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Here I am able to keep track of my work bag which hold my small purse and my keys. I use a carabiner clips so I can keep my keys and both my bags together and track all (3) three items!

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It was so easy to connect to Blue Tooth with my phone and Install the app at the Play Store. I was up and running in only a few minutes and then had fun learning and playing with all the settings and the alarms.

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Beets Blu Wireless Bluetooth Smart 4.0 Heart Rate Monitor is Compatible with Smartphones Apple (4S, 5, 5S, 5C, 6, 6 plus), Samsung Galaxy (S4, S5) and Nexus (4, 5, 7). With Soft Chest Strap

 Heart rate sensor with belt around chest delivers the most accurate heart rate readout thanks to ECG-based technology
  • Smoothly sync with iOS phones (iPhone 5, 4S) and selected Android devices* No dongle required
  • System consumes low energy therefore a small firmware battery is enough for more than a year
  • Our cheap recorder works with all popular apps like Endomondo, Runkeeper, Map My Run, etc
  • Wearable tracker approaches to running, fitness, crossfit, spinning, workout, exercise and other athletic sport

Why do I need to monitor my heart rate?

Control of your heart rate is very important for your training, as it helps you to achieve your desired results. Depending on the goal of your workout, you can:

  • Strengthen your cardiovascular system
  • Increase your stamina
  • Burn fat
  • Avoid your heart beating too fast

This is especially important for those over 50 years of age or for those recuperating.
The results of your training depend on your heart rate zone. This has a lower and upper limit. If your heart rate is in the target zone, you will achieve the expected results from your training.

Find on Amazon.

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I will keep you posted on the BeetsBlu product updates as I use them more in my daily life. Thank you for sending me them to review, I really enjoyed and liked using these easy and functional gadgets. I really loved the PagerTag and will be getting a second one for my husband. I think he can really benefit from having one himself. I am so excited and really love and will recommend the PagerTag to friends and family. I really love the value of this for people who travel, or just might need help locating items, it is so versatile.

Here’s a few other highlights of items I have been loving and using. 

Been hooked on Subscription beauty boxes lately. I work 10 to 11 hour days most days of the week with weekends off so I find I love getting little boxes of fun after a really long day. I’m usually gone 12-13 hours each day with my commute to work. SO this is my little perk me up pamper gifts I love to send to myself. Here is a Birch Box I purchased featuring another YouTuber I love Tati from Glam Life Guru.

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Been digging my Erin Condren Planner. Wow. It is so much fun to keep this book and has helped me stay organized with my busy work life lately.

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My latest Bestowed Box. Full of Yummy goodies. I Love this box and have been getting it for almost 2 years now. I am a true fan.

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Celebrated 95 years of My Grandmothers life in Arizona. She is truly the most healthy person I have ever met. She was born in Rome and is perfect health. She eats well, enjoys wine with dinner and walks daily. I love everything about her. She is such an inspiration to me. Posted my travel bag in this post.

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I love to pack, it is my obsession. The perfect bag. The perfect travel list.  I live to improve upon it each time I travel. I do realize that the perfect travel anything exists, I just love to pack and make lists. Call me weird.

Little Visitor. He just chilled on the seawall and let us watch him. He was cool.

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How’s it going with you?

Any fun new items you have tried lately?

What Subscription boxes have you received?

I just ordered the Ipsy Glam Bag and cannot wait to get it. I’ll keep ya posted.

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Things Lately

Just a few pics of this and that;

Some of my favorites from Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods and Vita Cost.

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Took the kids for Ice Cream.

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Watched a New Bloom.

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Had some drinks.

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Reorganized my drawers using the Marie Kondo Method.

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Went camping with my BFF from FLorida. She comes back every September for a week-long camping trip. We hit Benzonia Michigan for an amazing week.

 

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Yep..when the guys went fishing we found a wine bar! Camping is so fun.

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Had some crazy delicious food.

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See..Fishing did happen.

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Made some coconut chocolates.

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Made some skin balm.

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Harvested my Lavender and dried it for some future gift items I will be making for Christmas.

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Wore my rain boot. This made me happy. I love these boots. Worked well for camping and wet dewy grass when walking the dogs in the morning.

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Packed my bags for an upcoming weekend trip to see my Grandmother and celebrate her 95th. Birthday. p.s. I love packing. It’s seroiusly a obession of mine to pack the perfect bag that is light and can be a carry on. So here is my 4 day trip bag with ony 1 small bag of liquids.

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Traded in my 5-year-old 31 bag for a new bag. I use this for work. I work an hour from my home and my typical day  including my commute is a 12 hour day away from home, 5 days a week  so I keep lots of things on hand with me..I am a prepper. So this bag had to be big and easy to carry, and obviously appealing. Kinda feel like I outgrew my other bag and I now use it in my car for storage. Win, Win. I am in love with this bag.

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Thank you my old friend.  I will now use you for keeping my car in order and tidy.

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My reception area at the doctor’s office I work at. I love my job.

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Got my Hair touched up. Yep the grey is in full force. I am 46 after all! I crack up at how people gawk when I get my hair done. It’s like they have never seen someone with 10 pounds of hair.  (not all pics can be flattering. LOL)

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Van’s sent me some new breakfast cereals to try out. I am a huge fan of Van’s products, and these cereals do not disappoint.  The cocoa sensations are so yummy.

Van’s Simply Delicious 

 

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Cocoa Sensation™

Sweet Sensations by the Spoonful!

Packed with 17g of nutrient-dense whole grains and 6g of fiber per serving, our new gluten-free Cocoa Sensation™ cereal brings you crunchy, chocolatey deliciousness one spoonful at a time. Pour yourself a bowl for a sweet and sensible start to the day!

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Gluten Free Cereals

Blissfully Berry™

Wake up with a Blissful Breakfast!

 New to the cereal aisle, our gluten-free Blissfully Berry™ cereal delivers 17g of nutrient-dense whole grains along with 5g of fiber per serving. So go ahead and add a splash of strawberry to your morning routine.

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liv360

Liv360

Discover, Shop and Share
The best products to help you look good, feel great, and live better.

 

Liv360 vision is to create the first marketing and distribution platform for the consumer health and wellness products and brands.

This site features lots of different healthy related products that other health enthusiast have tried or recommend such as: These 5-Blade Herb Scissors

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I ordered this cool water bubi. I love it. Check out the product details. So many uses:

Bubi Bottle

Are you ready to enjoy the freedom of using a truly SAFE water bottle and when you’re done…simply roll it up and stow it easily? Well, meet the bübi bottle! Made from silicone, bübi is both BPA-free and Microbial-free, and can be frozen as well as placed over a fire to boil water or soup. It was designed to be fashionable, with a huge array of colors to choose from or mix-and-match, and essential for the rugged outdoorsy type. Imagine taking this unique, packable silicone water bottle to the gym, camping, while traveling or to school and when you’re done—just roll it up and put it away, ready to refill at the next watering station. Great for completely waterproof storage of your valuables too.

  • 22oz
  • BPA- Microbial FREE
  • Silicone Multi use
  • Rolls up for easy storage, ready for next use
  • Microwavable
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Reverse to clean the inside from the outside.
  • Hot or cold compress
  • Freezer safe, fill and freeze
  • Heat resistant, place it over a fire to boil water
  • Dry bag
  • Many more uses

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Bestowed Box

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Early Morning Nutrients. Ambronite

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Ambronite is a nutritional drink intended to supply all of a human body’s daily needs, made from 20 ingredients, including spinach and wild sea-buckthorn. Ambronite’s name is based on the Greek word for “food of the Gods”

Organic Drinkable Meal

Ambronite is a quick and healthy drinkable shake. Each bag contains one full meal (500 kcal) of all of your essential nutrients.

Ambronite goes where you do; Home, office, in your bag and on your travels and outdoor adventures.

Packed with natural goodness and free of artificial nasties, it tastes of oats and fresh nuts with a hint of Nordic herbs and berries. The pure, neutral taste mixes well with water, juices and your favorite fruit.

Get over hunger for 4-5 hours

-Boost your productivity and stay in flow
-Avoid afternoon sleepiness and sugar rush
-Concentrate on what you do best
-Get everything your body needs
-Only organic real-food, no cheap supplements

 

 

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Tried these Made in Detroit Mitten Bites. Found them at my local Whole Foods.

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Small Batch Detroit features artisinal local foods designed and crafted by Detroit Food Academy (DFA) high school students and their mentors. In addition to bringing tasty healthy creations into the world, we serve to:
  • Offer real-world employment and career opportunities for DFA graduates. $0.30 of every dollar spent directly employs a young Detroiter at a minimum of $12.50 per hour.
  • Form an essential component of a multi-pronged food-rooted pipeline for young Detroiters to actualize as healthy, connected, and powerful leaders.
  • Provide a sustainable and diversified funding stream that ensures DFA’s lasting presence and impact on the lives of young Detroiters.
  • Raise awareness for DFA’s work and mission.

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Detroit Food Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit experiential leadership program dedicated to transforming the lives of young Detroiters through food and social entrepreneurship. We partner with local high schools, educators, and food entrepreneurs to facilitate a year-round practicum culminating in the design and launch of students’ own triple-bottom-line (people, planet, profit) food business. By developing food-based solutions in their communities, students grow as holistic leaders who are healthy, connected, and powerful to affect change within and beyond the local food system.

Wishing all is Well my friends.

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Pumpkin Love

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Featuring my Favorite Fall Muffins:

Toasted Millet Pumpkin Muffins.

 

These muffins contain easy ingredients I normally have on hand. Loving my huge tub of Chobani.

I love toasting the Millet, it smells so good and kinda pops and brown up.

Plus they are so easy to just plop a spoonful into the muffin tin because it’s a thick batter.

I’ve made these Pumpkin Toasted Millet Muffin before in an earlier post.

 

I love this amazing little muffin. It is packed with flavor and crunch, and as a bonus, they freeze well. I love foods that freeze well. I like to keep a few out a few and freeze the rest for another day. Plus their healthy, and who doesn’t like that?

Ingredients:

Makes 12

These muffins offer an intriguing crunch, thanks to the toasted millet. Savor them warm from the oven, or freeze a batch to have on hand.  Allow muffins to cool completely before transferring to freezer bags. Thawed muffins may be reheated in a 300°F oven for 10 minutes or microwaved for 15-20 seconds to give them a little warmth.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup millet
1 egg
1/2 cup Chobani Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup soy or coconut milk
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (to replace butter)
1 cup canned pumpkin purée
8 Packs Splenda
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Method

Preheat oven to 400°F. Place paper liners in a 12-cup muffin pan; set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add millet and toast, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and just beginning to pop, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer millet to a plate to cool.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, Greek yogurt, soy milk, applesauce (to replace butter), pumpkin, Splenda packets and brown sugar; set aside. Whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cooled millet in a medium bowl, then gently fold into egg mixture until just combined. Spoon batter into lined muffin tins and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffins comes out clean, 22 to 25 minutes. Allow muffins to cool in pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Also I wanted to introduce you to a New and Fun Website call Liv360 where you can find The best products to help you look good, feel great, and live better. Just follow the link, sign-up and join this amazing community.

 

I am also going to be a Live Better Ambassador for Liv360.  

Liv360 vision is to create the first marketing and distribution platform for the consumer health and wellness products and brands.

This site features lots of different healthy related products that other health enthusiast have tried or recommend such as: These 5-Blade Herb Scissors

 

5-Blade Herb Scissors

 

Liv360 has just launched Great products, awesome deals, and an amazing community. To Celebrate this launch, please enjoy 15% off by using the code “GiveMe15”! Gotta Love A Coupon Code.

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Pumpkin Love.

 

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Ambronite is a nutritional drink intended to supply all of a human body’s daily needs, made from 20 ingredients, including spinach and wild sea-buckthorn. Ambronite’s name is based on the Greek word for “food of the Gods”

I was contacted by Valerie from Ambronite to see if I would like to try their product. Well after reading about it, I was like YES, please. Talk about being excited waiting to receive a shipment.  I was pumped. So while waiting I started reading and stalking them on Social Media. Instagram Pics. Tweets, you name it, I was hooked. So once I received it, it was a test of wills for me. I wanted to try it on an upcoming flight to Florida I had coming up, so I had to look at this box for 1 week before being able to try it.

I always get crazy hungry when I travel. Not sure why really, it’s mostly just sitting and waiting when starting your journey by plane. Must be the boredom and thought of being in a capsule with nowhere to go that does it. SO first let’s get down to what this product is.

Organic Drinkable Meal

Ambronite is a quick and healthy drinkable shake. Each bag contains one full meal (500 kcal) of all of your essential nutrients.

Ambronite goes where you do; Home, office, in your bag and on your travels and outdoor adventures.

Packed with natural goodness and free of artificial nasties, it tastes of oats and fresh nuts with a hint of Nordic herbs and berries. The pure, neutral taste mixes well with water, juices and your favorite fruit.

Get over hunger for 4-5 hours

-Boost your productivity and stay in flow
-Avoid afternoon sleepiness and sugar rush
-Concentrate on what you do best
-Get everything your body needs
-Only organic real-food, no cheap supplements

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Ambronite consists of high-grade natural ingredients such as organic nuts, oats and wild berries.

Ambronite contains 18 organic ingredients

organic oats
organic coconut
organic lucuma
organic chlorella
wild bilberry
wild sea-buckthorn
organic brown rice protein
organic stinging nettle
organic rice bran
nutritional yeast
organic spinach
organic spirulina
organic almond
organic flaxseed
organic apple
mineral salt
organic brazil nut
organic blackcurrant

 Just love this drink shaker. It’s color, shape and size. 

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New customers receive an Ambronite Shaker for free

Full 100% meal for optimal productivity / Satisfies hunger fast, gives steady energy for 4-5 hours / With new improved Ambronite v3 recipe

Ambronite. The super-meal, to help you live your whole life. Beautiful packing and lovely green color caught my eye, but it was the flavor and healthy benefit that really won me over.

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Food for a modern lifestyle

We believe that a creative and ambitious individuals deserve the best possible food to live life to the fullest. Food has a critical impact on our productivity and happiness. Our daily meals should let us do more of what we love.

Ambronite is your unfair advantage

We’ve crafted a drinkable supermeal to give you more freedom, time and choice. With Ambronite, you can boost your productivity and stay in flow. Ambronite takes away your hunger for 4-5 hours in a few minutes. Instead of distractions and afternoon sleepiness, you can concentrate on what you do best.

Here is my experience:

So on my way to the airport I drank my Supermeal. I really wanted to see if it would hold over my hunger for 3-4 hours possibly 5 if any flight delays occurred. Well it did. I had a late flight to Fort Myers to go visit my friend Jody. Leaving at 6:45pm and arriving at 11:00pm, I really did not want to be tempted by expensive and unhealthy food in the airport. I always have healthy snacks packed but I wanted to have a very healthy meal prior to traveling to help keep me healthy and my immune system working well while I traveled. Just being on a plane can get you sick with all the germs and people who travel while they are sick.

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So I am one of those people who love texture in foods and smoothies. I like to have a little chew or bite when making smoothie bowls and eating oatmeal. I love the texture of grains and I really love chewy grains. I love the flavor of oats. This product is amazing. It mixed up easily with just a few shakes. It had real texture and real flavor of the natural ingredients. You can truly taste the greens in this. Healthy greens and grains. Perfect combo. I do not want fake flavors, with sugary ingredients. I want real and with this Ambronite Supermeal it WAS REAL.  I honestly do not think I have ever tried a product I was so happy with. This stuff is the real deal. Healthy, Easy to Make, Great flavor and Convenient anywhere any time.

Just perfect as a total meal replacement.

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I also had a packet on hand with me over the week-end so I could have it on my way home! Again, it did not disappoint. I just mixed and enjoyed on the flight home.

Check out #Ambronite on Instagram. and also on Twitter.

Wanna try this SuperFood. Well Ambronite offered any reader a 10% discount. Just use this Code when checking out to get your discount: 40FIT10

Thank-you Valerie I Truly Loved and Totally Recommend Ambronite to Friends, Family and Readers. Cheers to Healthy Superfoods.

So I stayed healthy while visiting my Best Friend. Mission Accomplished.

Florida Fun.

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Floating around Marco Island Florida. Perfection. floating

Bonus. Found these cool shades. I have a mild obsession with all things with skulls on them.  Here are some snaps of my personal style using Skulls.

Skull Shades.

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Bora Bora Skull Top. skulltop

Skull Scarf.

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Skull Sweater.

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Skull Necklace. Damn, that Stuart is one cute little man. skull neckalce

Another Skull Top with the Skull Necklace and Skull Earrings . (Most Favorite Top Ever)

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Skull Back Pack.

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Skull Purse.

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Just a few of my favorite Skull things! I don’t ever think of my self as having any particular fashion style I just wear what I like and what brings me joy.  Being in my mid 40’s I still don’t think I will ever be too old to wear my skull clothing, or express my personal style. I plan on being a hip old chick. I plan on rockin’ funky color nails, fun jewelry and clothing that I love.

What is you go to Super food?

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Happy Summer!

First off, Lets talk food.

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Fresh, Healthy Foods. Here are a few of the summer time foods I have been preparing.20150716_182406

Loving my Blue Apron Summer Menu options. Other Posts Here and Here.

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Now on to my Garden Blooms.

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Cannot believe how beautiful my day lilies are this year.

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Loving the Purple, Yellow, Red and Orange. Such bright vibrant colors.

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So in love with this little corner of my yard.

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Succulents are doing really well, they love the heat.

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Now to My Furry Babies. Adorable I know.

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Stuart is getting old. Stuart is getting stiff and having problems jumping up and going down things. So when Neocell offered to send him a supply of ArthroPet Wafers I was really happy to have him try them.

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ArthroPet® is an innovative formula that provides chicken cartilage (a natural source of collagen type II, glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid), plus MSM, CMO and Manganese. ArthroPet is a safe and effective natural food supplement.

  • All Natural
  • ArthroPet formula supports the diets of pets suffering articular cartilage and connective tissue problems
  • ArthroPet supports healthy & strong joints
  • ArthroPet is a delicious natural chicken flavor chewable wafer, pets love it every time!

 ArthroPet

 

So I planted the bottle with the wafers on the top near the toys basket to see how long it would take for the kids to discover them.

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He Investigated and Discovered, and he snatched it with his tail a waggin’. You cannot get any food or treats past this one.

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He was so excited I had to let him take it outside to eat it on his own. He loved it.

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NeoCell has been developing and manufacturing all natural, premium anti-aging formulas for over 20 years and is the leading Collagen brand in the world. Our products are naturally based, not synthetic, and are designed to promote youthful health, beauty and total body wellness. We manufacture our own products using carefully sourced food-grade raw materials and our facility exceeds all GMP standards.We strive to continuously bring the best to our customers– products that we and our own families are proud to use, made with Nutrients You Can Trust®.

 

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Stuart shared one of the wafers with Ginger. I don’t plan on giving these to her on a regular basis like I will Stuart. Ginger is still very young and is super spring-loaded with no joint pain or problems, but its good to know they are available for the times she will need it.

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I love these little babies so I was so happy to see if giving this to Stuart would help make his days better and help ease some of his pain.

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So when I started him on the wafers I just tried to note any changes. I did notice that he had a little more pep in his step. Over the past few months he has been hesitating before jumping up on things, or giving a little bark or a whine that he wants me to pick him up without even trying to jump up. So I have seen him able to jump up with ease more and more. So I have to say I really feel like he has benefited from this supplement, and I am very happy about that. I really try to keep an eye on him when it comes to keeping his little legs healthy. A major and common problem with chihuahuas are leg and joint problems. With him getting up in age my goal for him is to keep him happy and healthy. Thank-you Neocell for making such a wonderful product for our fury babies.

Neocell sent me my own supplements a few months ago and I still continued to use them after they sent me the product for the review. See Post Here.

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I was at my Local Health Food Store Dale’s Natural Foods, in Flint Michigan a few months ago and found that they carry both these products in the store, Major Bonus for me. I still have 1/2 of the Collagen Sport Supplement mix left, but had run out of the Biotin Bursts so I grabbed another box of them. I love the Acai Berry Chews so much. I really think it has done so much for nail strength and hair strength.

To find a retail store that sells Neocell products, check out this link.

Now on to some DIY projects I have been so excited to share.

DIY Projects…Love…Love…Love having projects to work on. I love and live to recreate, construct and craft. I always have a project on the deck waiting for me to tackle. So in Bora Bora (Link to Post) I picked up Tahiti Vanilla Bean for cooking, and for some projects I had in mind that I wanted to make. Many more to follow after this one below.

So I grabbed my Vodka and made my own Vanilla (Vanille) Extract as gifts.  I made my own vanilla extract in 2013 from a Foodie Pen Pal Foodie Box I received and was so excited to make my own from fresh vanilla pods from my vacation.

Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

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Get your Bean 

Get a bottle to store your extract

Buy alcohol; pure alcohol, colorless and flavorless

– Split each bean lengthwise and drop in your empty bottle

Wait 4 to 6 Months

Enjoy.

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Just made some easy handwritten labels with instructions and information about the Extract.

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I also made flavored vanilla bean vodka for an adult beverage option. Here you only leave the vanilla bean pods in for a few days just to flavor the vodka.

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I made a two options. Coconut and Vanilla Bean and Vanilla Bean.

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They were so delicious over Ginger Ale and Ice. Sorry No Pictures. I forgot to snap one I was so eager to try. I will tell you this. It was very fresh tasting having actual fresh vanilla beans in making this.

Something Fun.

Received my very own Young Living Essential Oils Starter Kit. So excited to try this brand. Being a huge user of Essential oils for years myself I decided to try a brand that you can use internally. Most of my usages over the years has been for Health and Beauty Products.

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Made my own DIY Lip Gloss.

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Used a glass bowl over the water filled pan and kept the heat low for a soft boil which allows the steam to slowly melt ingredients.

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What I used.

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 After just a few easy steps your filling your containers and Cooling them in the fridge for just about 10 minutes or so.

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SO I tried a fun project and reused and EOS container I love so much. Here’s how that works; Once your old  EOS container is used, you can pop off the center grate and screw it into the cap. You then fill with the new ingredients and place in fridge for 10 minutes. After it has cooled you screw and pop container back together and Boom..Reused container that…Wait for it. DSC_2236

Looks Store bought. (Sorry about the terrible nails-Zero time to touch up).  It was such a fun little project to complete, and I seriously cannot believe how much it looks like the real deal. DSC_2238

Feel like I Nailed it! So excited about this project. It was so fun and easy…Except for the clean up. Gotta be honest. Yikes that excess beeswax is a chore to clean out of the mixing bowls and spoons, but then again, it was totally worth it. Look at the shine. I did add a chunk of color from a tube of lipstick I will never wear to get that little hint of color and tint.

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I also made a bunch of other little container for gifts.

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Loved this project and cannot wait to make them again. Christmas is coming up soon.

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Since I had my Bees Wax out I made a Lip, Hand and Cuticle Gloss.

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Ingredients:

Tablespoon Beeswax

Tablespoons Coconut Oil

Vitamin E Oil

Teaspoons Sweet Almond Oil

10 Drops Essential Oils. I used Frankincense, and Copaiba. Both are wonderful for the skin and very healing.

 

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So soft and really makes the skin feel protected. After working into your skin it does not feel oily or sticky at all. It’s like it absorbs into your skin and goes right to work.
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Hoping your summer is going well.

Check Ya Later.

 

Hello and Cheers to July. Started out with a small post and it quickly changed into a huge post with losts of recaps. Just felt like I had so much to share, I just went with it.

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Totally loving my Michigan Bamboo Cutting Board! I love my Michigan Mitt.

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We have had some beautiful sunsets lately. Snapped this one just in time.

 

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Recently tried a new Sun screen from Block Island Organics. They sent me a bottle to try out. I really have to work getting into a routine of using sunscreen more regularly. With being on the boat and on the motorcyle, I really need to be better at applying and reapplying. I usally do not burn and tan very easy. So with that I tend to be more relaxed about using sunscreen, but with age I have realized that I am not doing myself any favors. At 46 I have to take better care of my skin. So here is a look at Block Island Organics Sun Care SPF 30.

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NATURAL MINERAL SUNSCREEN SPF 30
An ultra lightweight, non-nano and instantly absorbing natural mineral sunscreen great for babies, kids and adults….

Play Smart. Play Safe.

Visit Block Island and you will find a culture that celebrates life, the outdoors, and making time with friends and family the first priority. The people and values of Block Island’s local community combined with its stunning natural beauty and impressive conservation efforts form the back bone of our company. We hope to embody that Block Island spirit in our brand, bottle it, and bring it to you in the form of safe, quality, and lovable non-toxic suncare and skin care products so you too can get outside and play.

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The ingredients (from the website)

We believe ingredients matter. Thus, we pledge full disclosure of our ingredients and our reasons for choosing them. We intend to build a brand that can be trusted to consistently create great quality and safe products while keeping in mind affordability. That means sometimes we don’t choose the certified organic ingredient because it would cause us to raise our prices too much. Our goal is to keep our prices as low as possible to make our products affordable to as many as possible. The safety of our ingredients is and will always be a top priority. We believe our formulas are the optimal balance of quality, safety, and affordability.

My thoughts:

I just tossed it in my boat bag and applied. First off it smelled good, and spread out on my skin with ease. I always get fustrated when I have to work hard to apply sunscreen evenly. We spent a few hours on the boat and then headed out on the bike for a 3 hour ride.  So I applied it 3 times in the day and a few things I noticed. It did not get sticky or messy. It absorbed and did what it was supposed to do and protected my skin. I also noticed that it covered much better that the normal sunscreen spay that I use. I also realized that my skin felt soft and not dried out. So even after a full day of boating and being out in the sun and also being on a motorcycle with the wind beating me up my skin still felt hydrated. Gotta say I really loved trying and using Block Island Sunscreen.

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About Block Island

“One of the Last 12 Great Places in the Western Hemisphere” ~The Nature Conservancy

Block Island Organics is built on the values and natural beauty that is Block Island, Rhode Island. Only 12 miles off the coast of Rhode Island, but feeling like a world away, Block Island is a welcome step back in time to a place where shorts and t-shirts are seen in the finest restaurants, phone numbers are exchanged with just four digits, and the homes are without street addresses.

At the heart of Block Island is a commitment to protecting the environment and a celebration of life spent enjoying the outdoors. In addition to being home to more than 40 rare or endangered species, over 40% of open space on the island is protected by an ardent community of conservationists. When not drumming up support for another environmental cause, Block Islanders spend their leisure time walking the 17 miles of beach or the 28 mile network of hiking trails called the Greenway Trails. Numerous other land and water activities including fishing, sailing, clamming, diving, biking, windsurfing, kayaking, yoga, pilates, surfing and just sitting on a porch or the beach pass the time as well. It is this commitment to environmentalism and this celebration of outdoors life that forms the values and core of Block Island Organics. We hope you come visit our island, unwind and get a little break from modern-day stresses, and remember to wear sunscreen!

Store Locator: Sold mostly online, Please go to www.blockislandorganics.com.

Some good cooking going on over here lately.

 

I am hooked on Blue Apron. We have been ordering it about two times a month for about 6 months and I really love this service. The variety and quality is amazing. Posted a ton of dinners in this Previous Post. 

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Made one of my favorite easy go to meals. StoneFire Naan Flatbread Pizza.

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Just used what I had on hand and threw it all on.

 

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Yummy.

 

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Naan is great to have on hand for so many easy dishes. Plus its great to have on hand for the weeks I do not get a Blue Apron order. Throwing a pizza together is super easy. I linked a previous post on Naan Here. I also just like to use it to dip into my hummus for lunch.

 

Organizing my everyday portable essential oils for summer has kept me busy. I love my oils and have been using them for over 10 years for everything from cuts, headaches, bug bites and household cleaners. I love seeing it being used more and more now in people’s homes. I  cannot remember the last time I used store bought house-hold cleaners.

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I love creating and making homemade bug spray. Here is the link to my recipe from a previous post.

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Here’s the Recipe I Use:

  • 4 ounces Witch Hazel
  • 4 Ounces Water
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Vegetable Glycerin
  • 15 Drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 15 Drops Citronella Oil
  • 15 Drops Peppermint Oil
  • 15 Drops Eucalyptus Oil
  • 15 Drops Lemon Oil

Mix, Shake Well and put in spray bottles.

Spray usually lasts for a few hours, but is safe to reapply several times throughout the day.

It also has a nice fresh and clean scent!

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In a previous post I made a DIY Neck Pillow for a gift using Lavender Oil. Essential oils are a huge part of my life. I love making Spa type gifts for my friends and family and introdcing them to the many uses of essential oils.

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Picked up a new label maker for $19.99. So excited. Also broke down a bought a big bag of skittles..Great placement at the checkout counter..Fell for it hard, it was tropical flavors after all.

 

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My flowers are loving all the rain and cool nights. They are so beautiful this time of year.

 

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Caught my Ginger girl trying to get a better view of a bird. She is so cute. My dogs love this turtle. I nicked named it Big T. I get pictures of them on it nearly every year.

 

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Previous Big T the Turtle Pictures.

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Hope your summer is going well.  Enjoy.

 

 

 

Check Ya Later.

 

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