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Looking for a Good Read? Well here it is!

Ever find a book that you just cannot put down, well for me this is that book! Your Holistically Hot Transformation, by Marissa Vicario.

Honest, Easy and Very Thought Provoking.

One statement got me thinking:  “willpower isn’t a reliable weight loss tool”

I repeated this several times, and realized that I do this a lot. If I don’t prep my food, or forget to pack a healthy meal when traveling, I think “well I will just resist any temptations”.   I cannot tell you how many times I have forgotten to pack a lunch for work and in my large office which vendors bring in not so healthy lunches, and I see a warm bread stick and say, I will just have one and realize I put 3 on my plate. Well I decided to use Marissa book as a tool like she suggests, promotes and provides in her book  and see if I could develop some new amazing healthy transformations on my own Holistically Hot Transformation.

Best part of the book is the easy steps Marissa provides to help, aid and move towards your own Holistically Hot Transformation.

At the end of the book Marissa provides ways to incorporate all of her knowledge into your every day life.  Use smaller plates to keep portions smaller, take the stairs instead of the elevator to incorporate exercise into your daily routine when you don’t have time to go to the gym, drink water throughout the day so stay hydrates.  But most importantly, Marissa wants you to stop obsessing – don’t focus on the scale, don’t worry about being perfect.  Just be you.  Be holistically hot!

This is a great read for nutrition and health novices because the essentials are broken down in a way that is easy to understand. Your Holistically Hot Transformation includes recipes and a grocery list of food for each food group that should be present on your plate. Whether you’re looking to learn about nutrition and a healthy lifestyle or looking for tips on how to maintain your already healthy lifestyle, Your Holistically Hot Transformation can benefit you.

 

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Embrace a Healthy
Lifestyle Free of Dieting,
Confusion and Self-Judgment

Your Holistically Hot Transformation (Holistic Health and Nutrition) Are you tired of fad diets and all-juice cleanses? Confused about all the conflicting nutrition information available? Over feeling guilty for your nutrition slip-ups? Finally learn to trust yourself to make slimming, nutritious and energizing choices without dieting, confusion and self-judgment! Award-winning Health Coach and Women’s Lifestyle Expert, Marissa Vicario, wasn’t always as healthy and happy as she is today. There was a time when her diet had more macaroni and cheese and G&T’s than broccoli and green smoothies. It wasn’t until she hit rock bottom that she realized something had to change, and it was in that moment that she vowed to make her physical, mental and emotional well –being a top priority. Your Holistically Hot Transformation follows Marissa’s wellness journey from unfulfilled corporate professional to purpose-driven women’s lifestyle aficionado committed to making healthy, fit and balanced (aka Hot), less intimidating, more approachable and totally attainable to women regardless of where they are on their own path to a healthy lifestyle. You’ll find advice for making healthy living a habit, tips for stocking a healthy kitchen, guidelines for understanding the hunger and fullness cues your body sends you, simple ideas for self-care you’ve never tried before and a sprinkling of fast, fool-proof recipes and motivational mantras. Smart, honest, and actionable, Your Holistically Hot Transformation is the most relatable health and nutrition book of its kind.

Your Holistically Hot Transformation will teach you how to:

  • Make healthy living a habit far beyond the rules and regulations of any diet
  • Understand the messages your body sends you so you can give it what it needs
  • Stock a healthy and organized kitchen and put whole food ingredients to good use
  • Make simple self-care a regular part of your day
  • Enjoy travel, dining out and spending time with friends without ruining your waistline or sacrificing your healthy          habits
  • Put everything into practice with actionable advice, motivational mantras and fast, fool-proof recipes

What You Can Take from the Holistically Hot Book:

*Learn about Superfoods *Holistically HOT foods you should eat (favorite part) I Love trying new foods! *Superfoods to incorporate into your diet (easy ways to incorporate them) *Must-have kitchen gadgets/tools (a great reason to shop) *Foods to stock up on *Recipes (green smoothies) *Cravings and your relationship with food *Listening to your body*

I love all the prep ideas and stocking up tips for keeping healthy foods on hand to succeed. PLUS…you get a great sample shopping list.

From the Author

Health and wellness has become more mainstream in recent years, so there’s a lot of nutrition information available from a multitude of sources, most of it competing. Because I studied nutrition,I can sort through it all, but what about the woman who is just getting started on her nutrition journey? I noticed that when I started working with a client,she was almost always confused and misinformed about how to eat and mindfulness and self-care parts were most often completely missing. I wanted to simplify everything for the woman who is just starting out, confused to the point of paralysis or has tried everything to no avail and wants to start over with a more balanced approached. I remember being that woman at one time, so I wrote the book I would have wanted to read. Sometimes we need someone to reassure us it doesn’t have to be so complicated and that everything is going to be OK.That’s Your Holistically Hot Transformation.

Biography

Marissa Vicario, AADP, is an award-winning, board-certified Integrative Health and Nutrition Coach, blogger and Women’s Health & Lifestyle Expert. As the Founder of Marissa’s Well-being and Health, she is passionate about teaching women to trust themselves to make nutritious, slimming and energizing choices without resorting to fad diets and all-juice cleanses. Her tips, recipes and expertise have been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The New York Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, Glamour and Next Generation TV among many other women’s lifestyle publications.

After spending a decade and a half as a junk food vegetarian and raging sugar addict, Marissa Vicario discovered whole foods and the way they made her look and feel. Her desire to live a cleaner, healthier lifestyle was so strong, she broke out her hand-me-down pots and pans and dull cutting knives and taught herself to cook in the tiny kitchen of her Manhattan studio apartment. In the process, she learned that food changes everything and single-handedly transformed the trajectory of her life from the inside out. It wasn’t long before she decided to study holistic nutrition and make it a career.

Book available on Amazon

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Marissa’s Instagram marissavicario

Marissa Vicario Founder, Marissa’s Well-being and Health

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 So happy I am able to spread the word on this book, and recommend it to friends and family. After having several conversations with Marissa and following her on Social Media, I knew I had to read her book. I was hooked from cover to cover. I really took so much from her writing. I could feel her passion for health when reading this book. Each chapter had me wanting more and more information. I loved this statement:

Embrace a Healthy
Lifestyle Free of Dieting,
Confusion and Self-Judgment

Hope you check it out, it really is packed full of great information. Enjoy.

For more Content from Marissa check out her YouTube Channel, here.

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Happy Gardening Season! 

Summer is here, and so is gardening season. I love to plant annual flowers and keep hanging baskets in my yard for color and all summer enjoyment. With this beauty comes real physical pain. Well, I guess it does not have to be painful, however, I do tend to go overboard and injure myself from time to time. From cuts and bruises to sore muscles and back pain, beauty comes at a price to some.

Gardening is a favorite hobby of mine, even if I experience some pain and minor injuries from it. Here is a  typical injury from cutting branches and weeding below.

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I applied Max Arnica on the bruised area with the easy glide on roller and it did provide relief from the pain. I also used on my lower back after a long day of weeding my flower beds and watering my plants.

 

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It’s a perfect size to keep on hand and really convenient to use with the roll on applicator.

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  • Zim’s Max Arnica (roll-on): provides temporary relief of minor aches and pains of muscle and joints associated with simple backache, arthritis, strains, bruises and sprains;

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ZM Arnica Homeo Roll-On

 

Product Description

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Zim’s Max Arnica Roll-On  is a homeopathic topical pain relief product containing arnica and other beneficial homeopathic ingredients with a convenient roll-on applicator.

The Zim’s® brand is dedicated to bringing you innovative naturally based products that live up to their brand promise in every way. Our goal is to improve the lives of consumers with our brands that include over 25 products that are packed with the best of nature and range from skin care to pain relief gels.

The Zim’s Brand History

Zim’s® started over 60 years ago with the creation of Zim’s Crack Creme® by a pharmacist in Austintown, Ohio.

Today, the Zim’s® brand has expanded to over 25 products ranging from lotions and cremes to pain relief gels and diabetic care items. The Zim’s Max-Freeze® brand provides an affordable topical pain relief gel that emphasizes the use of natural ingredients such as Ilex Flower and Aloe Vera.

Zim’s® continues to offer exceptional naturally based products from a small town in Ohio. We look forward to expanding more in the future to provide you with products that utilize the power of natural ingredients to a make a difference in your life and those you love.

Zim’s Max Arnica is sold in stores and through online retailers with the 3-oz. Roll-on at a suggested retail price of $9.99.

The Zim’s® line offers a number of different over-the-counter solutions for pain relief, skin and lip care. The Zim’s product line aims to expand consumers’ options for quality topical products. To learn more about the Zim’s product line and Perfecta Products Inc., visit http://www.zimsusa.com.

About Perfecta Products, Inc. ™
Based in North Lima, Ohio, Perfecta Products Inc. is the national manufacturer and distributor of the Zim’s® product line, a dynamic line of naturally based consumer products. The Zim’s product line features different over-the-counter solutions, formulated with naturally based herbal ingredients, for pain relief, skin care, lip care, elder care and first aid. Perfecta Products, Inc. was founded over 60 years ago to help cement workers with their dry, cracked hands and feet with its flagship product, Zim’s Crack Creme. Today, Perfecta Products’ brands can be found in nearly every major retailer in North America.  For more information, visit http://www.zimsusa.com.

My Thoughts:

I really recommend this product for use on sensitive skin, I recently had a bout of poison Ivy and my skin was really sensitive after it healed. I applied it several times and loved that it did not irritate or inflame the area. So glad Zim’s asked me to try this product, I now have a new favorite go-to Natural Pain relief topical product rather than the OTC medication.

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Happy Gardening Season! 

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My latest breakfast obsession.

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Turmeric Paste to make Golden Milk.

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Turmeric Paste

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup  turmeric powder
  • 1 cup water PLUS 1 cup water in reserve, if needed
  • 1/3 cup  Coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

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Golden Milk Recipe

  • ¼ teaspoon (or more if you can tolerate the taste) of turmeric paste
  • 1 cup almond milk,  hemp milk or coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil (you can also use sesame oil or sweet almond oil) – get unrefined, cold pressed oil
  • Some honey,  maple syrup or stevia

Put milk and turmeric paste in a pot and cook on medium heat. Heat the mixture until steaming but not boiling (some recipes call for boiling the mixture but prolonged heat can destroy the active ingredient curcumin). Remove from heat. When the drink cools down, add honey and oil(s). The oil supplies you with healthy fats and further increases turmeric absorption. It helps with joint lubrication and promotes cellular function.

The drink has a nice golden color, hence its name.

A very small number of people have reported allergy to turmeric. If you’ve never eaten turmeric, start with a small dose and observe the body’s reaction.

Keeping the germs away;

Staying Healthy with my favorite immune guard dogs.  doTERRA On Guard essential oil capsules, On Guard Throat Drops, Sambucus Black ElderBerry Extract.

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January Bestowed Box

Previous Links Here, Here and Here.

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healthy(ish) Deserts and Pizza’s.

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Stonefire Naan homemade pizza. Love putting together these little pizzas loaded with all my favorite toppings.

Previous Pizza Posts

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Refreshed my makeup and joined a few monthly subscriptions.

Birch Box.

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Ipsy Bag. 

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Ordered my Favorite YouTubers Book. 

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Joined the Influenster Team.

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February makes me Shiver, So I Eat soup.

Boulder Organic Foods

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Boulders Organics MISSION

Boulder Organic Foods’ mission is to craft “oh my gosh!” good organic food with uncompromised nutrition using garden-fresh ingredients.

NATURE ROCKS OUR WORLD

We’ve got a major thing for organic eating and we’re not ashamed to show it. This is Boulder Organic!, where we feed our passion for garden-grown ingredients and wholesome fare with temptingly nutritious recipes you’ll be hard-pressed to resist.

ALWAYS ORGANIC
ALWAYS GLUTEN-FREE
ALWAYS NON-GMO
VEGETARIAN OPTIONS
Boulders Organic sent me two coupons to try some soup. So as soon as the coupons arrived I hit my local Target store and chose these two yummy flavors. I found them in the deli refrigerator section.
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In our kitchens, we accept only the best—like whole, organic produce (much of it’s local), savory spices (a pinch of this and a dash of that) and people with a passion for doing things right (everything is personally prepared just like you’d make it yourself). We laugh in the face of artificial ingredients and preservatives because frankly, compromise just isn’t our style. And honestly, who wants to eat something that’s been sitting on a shelf for a year? Not us, that’s for sure.

Come experience what nature intended food to taste like, and hurry up it before it gets cold! Actually…it’ll definitely be cold because Boulder Organic! products are sold in your grocer’s deli refrigerator. Find a store near you and enjoy some today.

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ALL SOUPED UP

Picture this: you, a spoon, and a bowl of fresh,
organic soup so good it’s almost too good. Almost.

Well, wouldn’t you know it? That happens to be our specialty. We make all of our fresh soups in small batches from the finest farm-harvested organic and gluten-free ingredients so you can really taste nature’s best in every bite.

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Here are a few fun recipes provided by Boulder Organic!

Green Chile Pulled Pork:

Ingredients:

– 2 lbs. pork shoulder roast

– 1 tub Boulder Organic! Green Chile Corn Chowder

Place a 2 lb. pork shoulder roast in a slow cooker, add one tub of the Green Chile Corn Chowder on top (add a dash of salt if desired). Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Pull apart and enjoy!

 Chicken Vegetable Chili Nachos:
Ingredients:

– 1 tub Boulder Organic! Chicken Vegetable Chili

– ½ cup sour cream

– 1 bag tortilla chips

– 1 cup of your favorite salsa

– 1 avocado, diced

– 1 jar pickled jalapeno, drained (if you like the spice!)

– 1-2 cups finely shredded Mexican blend cheese

– ½ cup fresh cilantro

Preheat broiler, place top rack about 6 inches from top. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spread tortilla chips over baking sheet. Heat Chicken Vegetable Chili in saucepan until slightly reduced and thickened. Pour chili over the top of tortilla chips. Add cheese to the top of chili (as much as you like!). Place baking sheet on top rack and broil 3-5 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Top nachos with salsa, sour cream, avocado, jalapeno, and cilantro as desired.

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 Also received 3 Free Coupons from Van’s to;

Celebrate National Hot Breakfast Month. 

February is National Hot Breakfast Month. Now is a great time to get back into the habit of eating a healthy breakfast each day.

Why is it important to eat in the morning? Not only are you literally breaking the fast from the previous night’s meal, but eating a healthy breakfast can give you energy, wake up your brain, and help you stay on track for healthy eating the rest of the day. Aim for a combination of carbohydrates, protein and fat to keep you full longer and avoid the mid-morning crash.

But who has time for hot food in the morning? You do, and Van’s Natural Foods can help. Here are three healthy (and quick) hot breakfast ideas to get your day started on the right foot.

Waffles with Peanut Butter & Banana

Heat your favorite Van’s waffle. Top with 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter and ½ a sliced banana. No need for syrup, the bananas are sweet enough!

·         Van’s fiber- and whole-grain-rich Gluten Free Ancient Grains Waffles are made from a mix of nutritious whole grains including brown rice, millet, teff, buckwheat, amaranth, sorghum and quinoa. Gluten Free Ancient Grains Waffles have 32 grams of whole grains – and 6 grams of fiber – per serving. Egg- and dairy-free, this waffle is a deliciously nutritious way to start the day.

·         Van’s Power Grains Waffles are the first nationally available high protein waffles. Each serving, made with cracked red wheat and steel-cut oats, offers 10 full grams of protein – more than an egg.  Like all of Van’s products, Power Grains are made with high-quality ingredients and frozen for freshness so they don’t contain preservatives.

 Here is what I selected Van’s Whole Grain Waffles, Mini Chocolate Chip Waffles and Cinnamon French Toast Sticks.

I blog about Van’s often. They are amazing to work with and always keep me posted on new items and promotions they have going on.

Previous posts here, here and here.

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Minis Waffles

Chocolate Chip

Chocolate never seemed so sensible.

 Don’t let the amazing taste fool you; Van’s Mini Chocolate Chip waffles are made with the same nutritious ingredients as our other waffles but with just a touch of chocolate for an extra treat! Try them for breakfast or topped with peanut butter for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up snack.

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Gluten Free Waffles

Ancient Grains Original

Baked with whole ancient grains – without gluten, dairy, egg or soy.

 Packed with 23g nutrient-dense whole grains and 6g fiber, these gluten-free ancient grains waffles might just be our best creation yet!

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and My All Time Favorite Van’s Item…

Gluten Free French Toast Sticks

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Cinnamon French Toast Sticks – hold the gluten, dairy & egg!

Start your day with gluten-free whole grain goodness and a dash of delicious cinnamon. Van’s Gluten Free Cinnamon French Toast Sticks are a tasty morning meal or afternoon treat.

 

Yummy. 

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Things Lately;

 

2016 New Year Family Card

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December Ispy Bag

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December Bestowed Box

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Made some amazingly fun Charcuterie Boards for Holiday Parties.

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Pronounced shahr-kyut-uh-ree it is a French word that comes from chair “flesh” and cuit “cooked.” It refers to cooked, cured or smoked meats such as bacon, ham, sausage, terrines, rillettes, galantines, pâtés and dry-cured sausage. Charcuterie has been considered a French culinary art at least since the 15th century.
another definition described it as:

Charcuterie is the French word for prepared meat products such as pate, rillette, and sausage, as well as the butcher shop that sells them. Coming from chair (“flesh”) and cuit (“cooked”), charcuterie was originally prepared as a way to preserve meat before the invention of refrigerators.

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Me and my little guy.

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Daddy and his little girl.

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Before.

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After.

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New Year Card. I skipped the Christmas card and sent out New Years Cards.

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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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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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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!

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

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