What is wreaking havoc on our health? Let’s learn how to help with NingXia Red

NingXia Red combines the extraordinary wolfberry superfruit with pure orange, yuzu, lemon, and tangerine essential oils {containing powerful constituent d-limonene…google it!}, along with blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices to deliver a whole-body nutrient infusion. This powerful formula includes wolfberry, which is touted for its health-supporting benefits, while ongoing research continues to reveal exciting new properties on this ingredient.

Ningxia Red is a proprietary superfruit drink blended with balanced ingredients including essential oils and WHOLE Ningxia Wolfberry Puree for a whole body nutrient infusion!

Four Great Reasons to drink Ningxia Red:

(1) It is a macro nutrient supplement. It comes from whole food. Most supplements are micronutrients – that means that a specific nutrient has been extracted from food and packaged into a pill for one to consume. It is always best to get nutrition from whole food.

(2) It is liquid. That means that the nutrients can be absorbed by the body much more rapidly. That is great since many folks have digestive systems do not function optimally and the liquid Ningxia is almost predigested so it does not have to be broken down so much by the body.

(3) It is high in antioxidants and provides support for the immune system. Everyday our body produces free radicals. These are the normal by products of the activity of the cells in the body. If we do not get enough antioxidants in the body, the free radicals will not get out of the body and will cause cellular damage.

(4) It has four essential oils – orange, yuzu, lemon, and tangerine. This provides support for normal blood sugar, digestion, circulation, immunity, and normal body detox.

You see, there are these nasty little things called free radicals. They wreak all kinds of havoc on our health, as they come from toxins in many products, foods, environments, etc. that we are exposed to regularly. Free radicals are looking for “a friend” and they end up stealing electrons from parts of cells like DNA, proteins, and cell membranes. This process is called oxidation, and friends… it’s no good!! 😫

Enter: antioxidants!! They come on in and help stop the oxidative damage like the superheroes they are!

January 2021 Young Living Promos

JANUARY promos are INCREDIBLE. A lot of amazing skin health oils for the taking!To benefit the most, be sure you’re signed up for Essential Rewards – it’s our FREE monthly recurring box order, which is TOTALLY CUSTOMIZABLE, and only exists to benefit you!health + wellness on a budget! WIN WIN for everyone!

November 2020 Young Living Promos

Hello November freebies!!!!!!!

Before you get to reading about the promos, we need to make sure that you are ordering the very best way, which is through Essential Rewards (ER). This is our monthly wellness box subscription program. To learn more about how you can earn points and get all the monthly PROMOS, check this video out!

Okay! Let’s break down these promos to see what you get!

100PV // Free Shipping

190PV // GRATITUDE, 5ml and // ABUNDANCE, 15ml, ER Only

+ Gratitude: This blend was specifically formulated to elevate, soothe, and appease the mind while bringing relief and relaxation to the body. While the body is relaxing, the heart and mind can be opened to receive the gifts that are given each day. We all need a little extra gratitude ya knowwww! This blend contains Balsam Canada, Frankincense, Myrrh, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Coriander, Northern Lights Black spruce Vetiver, and Geranium. Soothing for sure!!!!!

+ Abundance: Good vibes all the time! This blend was specifically designed to enhance magnetic energy and contains oils that are powerful in supporting our bodies – abundance all around! So what’s in this blend? Orange , Frankincense, Patchouli, Clove, Ginger, Myrrh, Cinnamon Bark, Spruce It’s a beautiful “perfume” on your wrists or behind your ears. It also smells AMAZING diffused, and a little goes a long way.

250PV // YOUNG LIVING FOUNDATION DIFFUSER ORNAMENT

The Young Living Foundation is working with several women-led businesses across the globe, and one of them is a female artisan group called Mabira Collective located in Lugazi, Uganda. One of the most effective ways to break cycles of poverty is to provide women and mothers with sustainable jobs and fair pay so they can provide for the health and educational needs of their children.This partnership gave 752 women fair pay work. In addition to fair pay, women in the Mabira Collective program receive benefits like school-fee sponsorship for their children and medical benefits as well as training in small business development, literacy, and health. They can also receive paid maternity leave, on-sight childcare, work from home options, and opportunities to advance into management positions.Here is more info and a video!

300PV // PEACE + CALMING, 15ml

The name literally says it all. So calming and peaceful worn on your body, diffuser jewelry, or diffused. One of our Premium Starter kit faves and was the first oil I ran out of in my kit because we all need some peace and calming. This is a mama favorite for sleep, relaxation, and that two hours before bedtime when you want to rip your hair out. Ever tried to make your own play dough? Here is a tip for you- add some Peace + Calming and chill those babies out. GREAT for traffic, annoying co-workers, basically anytime you need some peaaace. Emotionally this oil is linked to addiction, argumentativeness, being a victim, sadness, indecisiveness, control and moodiness. (Um, yeah I might need that oil like a few bottles!) Also you can’t get this oil as a 15 ml. You can only purchase as a 5 ml. So this is such fun freebie! Tell me what you’re excited for!


Not so Pretty All the Time

Honest Post

Today, I am not feeling all that cute and bubbly. The photo speaks otherwise, right? (Thank you filters and awesome afternoon office lighting) I didn’t sleep well last night because sleeping upright just sucks! My back really hurts, that and Amazon is a liar! The wedge pillow that promised a “great night of sleep” can kiss my ass. It is as uncomfortable as my old push-up bras were.

That aside, along with surgery comes side effects and healing. Today I am itchy, the stitches holding me together feel like they are tickling me – I hate being tickled. So scratch it, right? Ever scratched a bruise? That is a hard NOPE. I am so over the compression wrap – thankfully today is the last day of that nonsense. Oh, so you know that feeling you get after overeating Thanksgiving dinner; you know that ‘bust out the fat-girl pants’ feeling? Today, I am rocking that vibe & it sucks. This is caused from water retention, anesthesia and healing. It will pass but until it does blah. Speaking of food – I am trying to fule myself with healthy foods to help healing but I just do not want to cook or do anything ::said in a pouty voice::

so today … it is still a great day but today can end. This doesn’t mean I am having regrets, none whatsoever. Just means that along with the fun, glowing photos I share, there is also the super shitty part of the surgery that many won’t share with you. Pardon me as I go fan myself, sweating like a fat man at the beach #KeepingItReal

Drainless

Day 6 Post Op & on to phase two of healing … I am drain free!!!

Funny (not so funny) story … I was so excited for this day, drain removal day!! So excited that I couldn’t stop thinking about it, but as I did, I got super nauseous and had to calm myself back down so I didn’t puke (3 hours before my appointment).

So we get to my appointment (my Husband by my side) & as soon as I get into the room & take off my compression wrap I start over thinking (in complete spaz fashion), before the nurse even touched the drains I started heavy breathing and sweating. Yep, you guessed it …. I almost passed out … again … just like I did pre-surgery.

Thanks to my sweet nurse and Husband I was cooled down, hydrated and maintained consciousness.

As for the drain removal – yeah that didn’t hurt at all. Like not one bit – just felt strange. I completely over reacted and walked out smiling and drain free. Don’t be like me.

Things I am looking forward to: washing my own hair, reaching above my shoulders, sleeping on my side again, cooking, longer walks, not draining fluid from my body.

Something was wrong but Nobody was Listening

Something was wrong but nobody is listening!

I have received the same question a few times over the past few days: “what made you remove your implants?”

I have been to a handful of doctor appointments over the past few years for blood work, check-ups, physicals just to make sure I am “okay” and make sure I was not crazy. Always asking, is it my thyroid, hormones, blood, etc.? (you know, because self diagnoses are always a good idea ::rolls eyes::) Always hearing the same thing: “You are healthy! You are great! Your levels are all normal or better”. I would always walk out of their office relieved because a good bill of health is a wonderful thing however … nothing changed. Nothing. I still had all the symptoms I went in with the first time.

So I continued to turn to natural + home remedies … teas, tinctures, oils, supplements, massages, meditation, google, social media groups, etc., some days were wonderful yet always some type of symptom linered. Nothing changed except my levels of frustration and the feeling of being defeated.

After a while, I learned about Breast Implant Illness (BII). I honestly rolled my eyes and thought to myself there is no way in hell that my breast implants can be causing any of this. The more I read, the more I learned. The more I related.

After everything I’ve been through, I’m not anti-plastic surgery and I’m not anti-breast implants. I’m pro-information. I think you should have absolutely every single fact that’s out there before surgically modifying your body, God knows I wish I would have back then!

At the end of the day, I chose to get implants and can’t blame anyone else for it. But I’m glad I can set my sights on new achievements.

When you think you’re sick and know something is wrong, don’t let yourself be dismissed. Anything, I realized, can really throw your body out of whack—but you don’t have to settle for feeling shitty.

Choosing to explant has truly been the best decision I’ve ever made for myself. My scars will be a reminder of my journey. So I choose to look at them as a sign of strength vs a reminder of a mistake. Changes may leave a mark and be temporarily painful, but staying in the same place is so much worse.

Confidence is a Decision

I treat birthdays like most people treat New Years Eve. I make resolutions for the year every October 19th. Afterall, it is a new year of life given to me. This year, I am giving myself a gift of health. Tuesday morning I will be undergoing surgery for a breast explant procedure. Bye bye (not so fun anymore) fun-bags.

Looking back it is truly mind blowing to think I got (& hid from my parents) my first push-up bra in sixth grade!! Years before I should have even cared about boobs. However, in my mind, everyone who was popular and ‘beautiful’ had boobs, and I wanted them too.

Fast forward to 26, still carrying those insecurities I decided to get breast implants, selecting a surgeon and a pair of DDs. I was so optimistic when I went in for the surgery. I figured my self-image issues were over.

Here I am to today … a few days shy of 38 years old, two kids later and I FINALLY realize that confidence is a DECISION. Read that again: confidence is a DECISION!

Why, for so many years, did I allow myself to speak to myself the way I did? I would never speak to my daughter that way. I would never tell her she wasn’t beautiful enough, that she needed more of anything to be gorgeous. I would never tell my sister she wasn’t enough. I would never tell my best friend any of the hurtful things I have fed myself over the years, destroying my self-confidence. So I finally stopped speaking to myself the way I would NEVER speak to anyone I loved. I have made it a daily activity, if you will.

Over the past three months (which is when I finally took BII seriously and stopped being in denial about it) I have been working on my self-confidence. Reminding myself that I am in-fact confident.

When any of the not-so-pretty thoughts enter my mind, I remind myself … that is NOT the person I want to be or the person I am! Your love, support and positivity will mean the world through this explant journey!

I will continue to share my story if you care to follow!

We Can Do Hard Things


Wow, that looks super hard! Good job Mama, you are really strong”, my 6-year-old said to me this morning as he watched me workout. He made me smile, his words made my eyes fill with happy tears. He made me feel stronger and so proud.

A little while later, I am in the bathroom doing my make-up; my three-year-old by my side, also ‘doing her make-up’, Grayson asks me: “why do you wear make-up every day?” slightly caught off guard I looked at him & said “I guess it makes me feel prettier”. He responded in a confused tone: “why? You are already so beautiful” – Me: crying off the first coat of mascara I just applied: “you are the sweetest boy in the world – that was so nice of you to say to me” “what do you think makes me pretty?”. He stood beside me, hugged my belly and said: “your hair, your eyes, your smile, your tattoos and your love

His heart truly wows me. I wish that tiny, genuine voice could have spoke to the 26 year old me and told me she was pretty for all those reasons.

A friend of mine that also underwent explant surgery could not have worded it any better …. “I wish I took the time to understand how insecurities of 20 something me would translate to compromised health that 30 something me values above everything. I wish I read the black box warning.”

The thing is, I want my Daughter to know that beauty isn’t cosmetic. I want her to pridefully rock the body God blessed her with; without feeling the need to go under a knife to feel pretty like her Mama did. I want my Son to look at women and continue to see beauty in a smile, a conversation, a kind heart, laughter and kindness not measured by the size of her breasts (I know, it will happen at some point because hello: boys + hormones) but you get the point. I want my kids to FEEL beauty, not search for it in a cup size like I felt the need to.

13 days to go! Looking forward to being on the other end of this to begin my healing journey.

October 2020 Young Living Promos

October promos are here! Make sure to take a peek at all these freebies this month! If your order qualifies at one of these tiers, all the products listed are yours, FOR FREE!

The tea sounds PHENOMENAL, and Inner Defense capsules are legit something everyone needs on hand, ALL THE TIME. They’re great to pop on the regular to keep your immunity UP, and your health at it’s best!

AromaEase oil is a fantastic blend to wear, or diffuse when you’re feeling a little uneasy, and queasy!this whole month’s lineup of promos are FANTASTIC this time of year, to keep your body + mind 🧘🏼‍♀️as healthy as possible. I know for me, that’s SUPER duper important!

October 2020 Promos

August 2020 Young Living Promos

Hey friends!!! Our kitchens are about to be smelling so good with all these incredible vitality oils.

Essential oils are MUCH more potent (and powerful, helpful, medicinal) than dried herbs so here is a conversion chart:

TS = Toothpick swirl
tsp= Teaspoon
Tbsp = Tablespoon
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100PV: THYME VITALITY
2 ts = 1/2 tsp | 1 drop = 1 tsp | 2 drops = 1 Tbsp
– Add a few drops to your marinades to infuse meats + veggies with herby richness.
– Add to Italian, French, and Mediterranean dishes
– Add 3 drops to a veggie capsule for cardiovascular or digestive support

190PV: CORIANDER VITALITY
2ts = 1/2 tsp | 3ts = 1 tsp | 1 drop = 1 Tbsp
– Research has been done at Cairo University for Corianders ability to lower glucose and insulin levels and supporting pancreatic function.
– Add 2 drops to a veggie capsule and take after eating spicy food to help settle your stomach
– Add to Eastern and Latin dishes

190PV: PARSLEY VITALITY
2ts = 1/2 tsp | 3ts = 1 tsp | 1 drop = 1 Tbsp
– Add to Italian, Greek, and Middle Eastern Dishes
– Add 3 drops to a veggie capsule for an internal cleanse
– Use as seasoning to balance and brighten seafood, meat, poultry, eggs, rice, pasta, and vegetable dishes

190PV: BLACK PEPPER VITALITY
2ts = 1/2 tsp | 4 drops = 1 tsp | 8 drops = 1 Tbsp
– Traditional Chinese healers used pepper to treat cholera, malaria, and digestive problems.
– Add 2 drops to a veggie capsule to help curb cravings
Black Pepper Marinade Recipe:
1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon or lime juice
1 Tbsp Salt
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp fresh garlic, minced
5 drops Black Pepper Vitality
5 drops Lime Vitality

250PV: MOUNTAIN SAVORY VITALITY
2ts = 1/2 tsp | 1 drop = 1 tsp | 2 drops = 1 Tbsp
– Similar to Oregano
– Add to European and Mediterranean dishes

250PV: ORANGE VITALITY
2 drops = 1/2 tsp | 4 drops = 1 tsp | 8 drops = 1 Tbsp
– Add 2 drops to a glass cup of water for a delicious flavor
Orange Creamsicle Iced Latte:

2 cups coldbrew
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 toothpick dips of orange vitality essential oil
Raw honey to taste
milk of choice to taste

300PV: CHARCUTERIE BOARD
I’m sorry, did someone peek into my heart and grant me my greatest wishes?

400PV: ADULT & CHILD APRONS
Also, adorable. Kids love helping in the kitchen, so take advantage of the opportunity to teach them about healthy ingredients!