All About Ningxia Red

Ningxia Red is a nutritional supplement drink from Young Living that is FULL of antioxidant rich foods and infused with essential oils. It is made up of 25% NingXia Wolfberry Puree. The puree includes the juice, pulp, and peel of the barriers which contain calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, selenium, riboflavin (B2), and Vit C.

Ningxia Red’s main ingredient and what it is really known for are the wolfberries or Chinese goji barriers. They grow naturally in regions of China and have been used in Chinese medicine for 5000 years. There are 17 different species of wolfberries alone but there is only one Ningxia wolfberry which grows in the NingXia Province of China and that is what Young Living uses in their NingXia Red! When I was researching the NingXia Wolfberry I found a fascinating piece that talked about the people that live in NingXia China. It said that they have 400% more people age 100+ y/o living in the Ningxia province than the rest of China. And these people live without canes to get around, glasses to see, and are overall very healthy. Just shows you how powerful this berry is and why we should all consume NingXia wolfberries daily.

By adding essential oils to the drink they have provided more nutritional support. The citrus oils are filled with D-Limonene which is another antioxidant that helps supports a lot of our body systems to give it that extra punch of goodness.

Antioxidants are measured by an ORAC level.

When Ningxia wolfberries were tested the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) results were astounding and one of the highest fruits on the chart.

According to various sources online, in 2 oz there are…

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1 oz of Ningxia Red has the antioxidant power of 100 oranges, 814 blueberries, 22 carrots, 10 lbs of spinach, 59 broccoli florets, 73 strawberries, 93 apples, 34 large onions, 55 lbs of almonds
  • 18 amino acids
  • <1 g protein
  • 22 trace minerals
  • 5 essential fatty acids
  • 7 mg of beta-carotene (180% of your daily Vit A requirements)
  • vitamins B1, B6, 100% of B2 (riboflavin)
  • 300% of your daily Vit C requirements
  • 90% vitamin E
  • 10% calcium
  • 24% potassium
  • 91% selenium
  • 18% zinc

*NingXia Red is Halal and Kosher certified*


  • Drink 1-2 ounces 2 times daily. Best served chilled. Shake well before use.
  • Blend NingXia Red into your smoothie, acai bowl, or morning juice as part of a quick, convenient breakfast.
  • Chill and serve NingXia Red to family and guests at gatherings and celebrations when you’re looking for a healthy alternative to sparkling drinks.*
  • Treat children to this tasty drink instead of sugary sodas or juice cocktails.
  • Combine with NingXia Nitro for a nourishing drink that also supports cognitive wellness.*
  • Add a drop or two of your favorite dietary essential oil for an extra flavor boost! Try Peppermint, Thieves, Cinnamon Bark, or Grapefruit.
  • Pop a packet in the freezer and serve as a popsicle.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Supplement Facts:

Serving Size:: 1 fluid ounce (29.5 ml)

  • Calories: 20
  • Total Carbohydrates: 5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: < 1g
  • Sugars: 2g
  • Sodium: < 5mg

Ordering information:

NingXia Red can be ordered in 750-ml bottle packs. Refrigerate after opening and consume within 30 days. Do not drink directly from the bottle. Do not use if the seal is broken.
2 oz. packets. Great for on the go and traveling.



29g Ningxia Wolfberry Puree (Lycium barbarum) – The wolfberries sourced for NingXia Red hail from the Ningxia province in northern China. This superfruit has one of the highest percentages of the fiber of any whole food and contains zeaxanthin—a carotenoid important to maintaining healthy vision. It also contains polysaccharides, amino acids, and symbiotic vitamin mineral pairs that when present together promote optimum internal absorption. By using whole wolfberry puree—juice, peel, seeds, and fruit—Young Living is able to maintain more of the desired health-supporting benefits in every bottle of NingXia Red*.

Blueberry Juice Concentrate (Vaccinium corymbosum) – combat aging and support digestion and are full of antioxidants.The blueberry’s fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and phytonutrient content, coupled with its lack of cholesterol, all support heart health.

Plum Juice Concentrate (Prunus domestica) – High in antioxidants, Vitamin C and Vitamin A and beta-carotene. Health benefiting compounds present in the plums such as dietary fiber, sorbitol, and isatin has been known to help support the smooth functioning of the digestive system. Plums are plentiful in minerals like potassium, fluoride, and iron and are moderate sources in B-complex groups of vitamins such as niacin, vitamin B-6, and pantothenic acid

Cherry Juice Concentrate (Prunus avium) – As “America’s super fruit,” cherries offer the vital nutrition for a long and healthy life. Eating cherries leads to a boost in antioxidant activity in the body. Beyond antioxidants, cherries are the only natural source of melatonin, a hormone that regulates the body’s internal clock and sleep-wake cycles.

Aronia Juice Concentrate (Aronia melanocarpa) – packed with nutrients and antioxidants, such as vitamin C and anthocyanins.

Pomegranate Juice Concentrate (Punica granatum) – A rich source of vitamin C and antioxidants, not to mention fiber.

Proprietary Essential blend:

50mg Grape (Vitis vinifera) seed extract – Vitamin E, flavonoids, linoleic acid, and OPCs are highly concentrated in grape seeds

  • Orange EO (Citrus sinensis)
  • Yuzu EO (Citrus junos)
  • Lemon EO (Citrus limon)
  • Tangerine EO (Citrus reticulata)

Other ingredients:

Tartaric acid – The acid also plays a major role in wine-making where it is used during the fermentation process for acidity adjustments to make for a more palate-pleasing taste. The acid can also be used as a natural preservative for things like soft drinks, fruit juices, candies and certain types of jams.

natural blueberry flavor

pure vanilla extract – for flavor

Malic acid – a component of almost all fruits — is commonly used as a food additive and preservative, but has several potential benefits. Great for boosting energy and maintaining healthy skin.

Pectin – is a form of soluble fiber, which draws water from your digestive tract and forms a gel, helping to slow digestion.

Sodium benzoate – Naturally found in fruits such as apples. Fruits produce it to prevent fermentation and spoiling. There is .00025% of Sodium Benzoate in NingXia Red. Far below the safe for consumption range and well below the legal limit of even having to label it on the package. The fact that Young Living includes it in the ingredient list when they don’t have to, shows how transparent Young Living is. It is required by law to have Sodium Benzoate in this product.

natural stevia extract – is a sweetener and sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana. Has up to 150 times the sweetness of sugar.




  • 1 cup NingXia Red
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons agar powder (gelatin alternative)
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 3 drops Grapefruit Vitality essential oil
  • 3 drops Lime Vitality essential oil
  • Silicon molds


  1. Combine the NingXia Red, agar powder, and honey in a saucepan. Mix with a metal spoon until fully dissolved and heat on medium-high.
  2. Once boiling, remove from heat immediately and stir in the essential oils. Taste for sweetness. The mixture should be almost too sweet since the flavors will mellow during cooling.
  3. Pour the mixture into silicon molds.
  4. Let your molds cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour until set.
  5. Keep leftovers in the fridge or a cool place.
  6. Enjoy!

Check out the Young Living Blog for full details and video.

NingXia Red Morning Smoothie

  • 1-2 oz NingXia Red
  • 1/2 cup frozen berries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • a handful of spinach
  • 1 drop of Lemon Vitality essential oil
  • 8 oz coconut water. (adjust depending on thickness preference)

You can become a member by ordering a Ningxia Premium Starter Kit! Click HERE to see what comes in the kit!

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How I Stopped Keeping Up with the You Know Whos

Today I was talking to my sister-in-law about life and how women can sometimes be really freaking awful to ourselves. I started to share with her / admit something to her that I think is also important to share with you (whoever is reading this).

For years I was envious of a friend of mine. I wanted what she had … her hair, her clothes, beauty products, the way she had it all together, etc.One day, something happened. Maybe I opened my eyes wider maybe I just became aware of reality. Her husband started to share more on social media.  He shares photos of the same home, the same kid, the same woman I have been in complete awe of for years. Suddenly, they all looked so different to me.

Her versions are perfection. Flawless/ Seamless. Every frame looks like a page from Crate and Barrel. Even when the kids are a mess they look like an advertisement.

His. One day a photo stood out to me more than the rest.  His photo looked real life.  The kid in the photo had mismatched clothes on (like most kids that are determined to dress themselves) his child had boogers on their face and the biggest smile. This photo made me get lost in the Rabbit Hole … I began to scroll back through other photos and noticed that the perfect woman was there with the same leggings I had on with messy hair & an exhausted look on her smiling face.  The home I used to envy looked like a mess in the background and I notice that she too let laundry sit in baskets.  I pretended they had also been there for 6+ days.

Now I know that His photos were not an intentional complete raw/real opposite of hers.  It is just obvious to me that he just does not care about hiding the basket of unfolded underwear & mismatched socks.  He doesn’t think to wipe the snot & dried snacks from the bottom lip before capturing the moments he is in.  He is truly IN the moments he captures.  This life that I am slightly ashamed that I have been chasing – the one that she has been portraying is not real life. Not all of it at least.

I still admire this woman, I still think she is magical and I love so much what she stands for and how she does life BUT I am also really ashamed that I lost focus of my perfect storm.  I’d take this mess over anyone else’s in a heartbeat. So here is to keeping it real, messy floors, un-done dishes and homes that are decorated with toys & memories like mine.

The New Premium Starter Kit & How to Use it!

Did you receive your starter kit & you are not sure where to begin? Here are a few tips on how you can use The Essential Eleven Oils in your kit and some great information about Thieves Household Cleaner and our new Desert Mist Diffuser.

Let’s begin with Lemon essential oil! Ways you can use Lemon include:

+ Add 1 drop to your water for a refreshing digestive aid
+ Add 1 drop to evening moisturizer to reduce appearance of blemishes
+ Use lemon oil to remove sticky residues
+ Add 3 drops along with Peppermint and Lavender to your diffuser to help reactions that come with seasonal changes
+ Mix with baking soda and coconut oil and rub on your teeth for 2 minutes as a natural teeth whitener
+ Mix a few drops in your Thieves cleaner for a great wood cleaning agent

Lavender is also known as the “swiss army knife” of oils because of its versatility of uses. Here are some of our favorites:

+ Relax, unwind and sleep better with just a few drops in your diffuser, add Cedarwood to catch some extra zzzs
+ Apply to mild abrasions and burns on your skin
+ Swipe over your nose to help with snoring
+ Add a few drops to your mascara for longer and healthier lashes
+ Add a few drops to your shampoo to strengthen and nourish hair
+ Mix a few drops with frankincense in coconut oil as anti-aging face cream

Peppermint essential oil gives a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the body. Here are some pretty cool uses:

+ Place 2 drops on the tongue and rub another drop of oil under the nose to help improve concentration and alertness
+ Rub one drop on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (careful to avoid contact with your eyes), and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure
+ Apply to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep energy up
+ Diffuse or inhale mid-morning to curb the desire to snack
+ Inhale or rub a drop on your abdomen to soothe minor stomach discomfort
+ Apply to your temples before a work out for extra energy
+ Inhale to help with motion and morning sickness

Young Living’s most popular blend, Thieves contains powerful essential oils that defend and protect such as clove, rosemary, cinnamon bark, and Eucalyptus Radiata. Ways to use Thieves include:

Put a few drops in a capsule and swallow with water to support your immune system
+ Put a few drops with Peppermint and Lemon for a wellness tea
+ Put a few drops in your dishwasher to thoroughly clean dishes and eliminate odors
+ Diffuse for 15–30 minutes in your home or office to help eliminate airborne bacteria
+ Apply on the bottoms of feet for internal support

Stress Away is made with Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ocotea and Lavender. The stress of daily activities can be soothed with this combination of pure, therapeutic grade oils. Ways you can use it to reduce stress, head tension and anxiety include:

+ Apply to your wrists or back of neck (also makes a great perfume)
Diffuse at work, home or in your office
+ Adding a drop or two in water or in a clear vegetable capsule and drink.

Frankincense essential oil is steam distilled from the resin of the Boswellia tree. It is a favorite in beauty products and for internal use when it comes to cellular health.

+ Add Frankincense to your daytime lotion or night cream for a custom moisturizer that smooths appearance and helps maintain radiance.
+ Take as a dietary supplement by adding 1-2 drops to support cellular health
+ Apply directly to a skin tag or scar to eliminate or smooth appearance
+ Add a drop or two to Ningxia Red, water, or your favorite juice
+ Incorporate Frankincense into your yoga ritual by diffusing this oil during your routine and following up with a post-practice massage

PanAway is an oil blend that has a stimulating aroma and is a popular combination of Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove, and Peppermint essential oils. It is ideal to apply topically after exercise or a strenuous day. Here are some great ways to use PanAway:

+ Rub on your chest to wake up in the morning
+ Add 5-6 drops to a bowl with 2 cups of epsom salt in a bath tub
+ Apply topically after a workout or to achy areas
+ Mix with a carrier oil for a refreshing massage

Combining Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Lemon, and Mandarin oils with a hint of Spearmint, Citrus Fresh essential oil is a proprietary Young Living blend that offers an uplifting, refreshing aroma that you can diffuse to transform home, work, and classroom spaces.

+ Diffuse to purify the air
+ Put a few drops in baking soda to deodorize your carpet
+ Put a few drops in your garbage disposal to deodorize kitchen odors
+ Put a few drops on a cotton ball and put in your AC vents, diaper pails, and shoes
+ Put a few drops on a wool dryer ball to freshen clothes naturally
+ Apply topically to tone and smooth the appearance of skin

Raven is a cleansing blend of Ravintsara, Peppermint, Eucalyptus Radiata, and other essential oils. Raven creates a cooling sensation when applied topically to the chest and throat. This essential oil is NOT intended to be used on children under 6 without the supervision of a healthcare professional. Ways to use Raven for respiratory support include:

+ With or without a carrier oil directly over the chest, under your nose and/or the bottoms of your feet
+ Diffusing next to your bed while you are sleeping

Copaiba, pronounced “co-pie-ba”, is known as the enhancer, as it makes any oil it is added to more potent. It has some other pretty neat uses including:

+ Skin health – mix with lavender and frankincense in a roller bottle for an anti aging beauty serum. Copaiba literally tightens skin and reduces visible lines
+ Respiratory health – inhale straight from the bottle or diffuse
+ Joint health – add two drops to a tea or to a spoonful of honey
+ Mood lifter – when diffused has often been known to lighten the spirit and improve mood

DiGize essential oil is one of YL most unique essential oil blends, combining Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Lemongrass, Anise, and Patchouli oils for a spicy, exotic aromatic blend. DiGize oil also includes Fennel essential oil, the use of which dates back to ancient Egypt. Ways to use Digize for digestive support include:

+ Applying directly to your stomach
+ Adding 1-2 drops in water or ginger ale (our favorite)
+ Putting 1-2 drops directly on your tongue

One of our favorite additions to the New Premium Starter Kit is the sample you will receive of Thieves Household Cleaner.

Formulated with Thieves essential oil blend, this all-purpose cleaner is one of Young Living’s most popular products. It uses pure, powerful essential oils—including Clove, Lemon, and Rosemary—along with other naturally derived ingredients to make your home fresh and clean. With its welcoming scent and no synthetic or harsh ingredients, it’s a must-have in your stash of cleaning supplies and homemade cleaners.

Benefits of Thieves Household Cleaner

+ Uses an ultra-concentrated, biodegradable formula. That one sample packet will clean your entire house for up to a month!
+ Helps clean virtually every surface in your home, including floors, glass, counters, walls, and more
+ Combines the strength of Thieves® essential oil blend with naturally derived, plant-based ingredients for superior cleaning power
+ Effectively cleans without the harsh chemicals found in many traditional cleaners
+ Rinses clean and is non-abrasive
+ Safe around children and pets

Using ultrasonic frequency technology, the Desert Mist Diffuser generates waves at 1.7 million per second, breaking down essential oils and water into millions of microparticles, dispersing them into the air, and releasing the oils’ unique constituents. This diffuser is custom designed to diffuse continuously for 5–6 hours on High mode, 8 hours on Low mode, and 10 hours on Intermittent mode.* It also offers 11 individual light settings, including a candle-like flicker mode.


Here is how you can join me:
1. Go to and click “Member Sign-up” located in the top right corner of the page. (This absolutely works best when done from a computer, NOT a mobile device.) Select Country, Language and whether you want to become a Retail Customer or Wholesale Member. (Wholesale members can take advantage of a 24% discount on ALL products!) You will enter this #2934220 in both the “Sponsor ID” and “Enroller ID” field OR you can just click here: 🚩

2. Select your starter kit. With 11 of Young Living’s most popular oils, a Diffuser, Ningxia Red samples and samples of 5 favorite oils, the Premium Starter Kit goes for a GREAT PRICE of $160.

(**This step does not apply to Retail Customers.)

3. (Optional) Add any extra products you want on our Essential Rewards program and receive 10% back in points and a get a free bottle of Spearmint! Depending on how much you spend you may get some extra free products! After you add to your order click save order and then click NEXT! This is a customizable monthly wellness box that you can start or cancel at anytime!

4. Enter your personal information (Name, address, etc.)

5. Enter your email address. Receiving email updates is optional but HIGHLY recommended. Young Living will NEVER spam you and will NEVER sell your email information. But, Young Living offers free and discounted products every month as part of their monthly promos and specials. If you are not signed up to receive emails, you may or may not find out about these awesome deals.

6. Create your Username, Password and PIN. Make sure it is something you can remember. If you would like to do the business, enter your social security information.
(shoot me a text or email with your PIN – this is not a password. This is how customer service verifies your account)

7. Check the box to indicate your agreement to the Terms & Conditions of the Member Agreement and Policies and Procedures

(**This step does not apply to Retail Customers.)

8. Click NEXT and go to payment method and check out! As soon as you sign up you will receive an email from me and I will add you to our amazing community on Facebook!!

Original content & photos adapted from The Oily Group

Get Your Very Own Young Living Starter Kit Today With These Simple Steps! 11 to Choose From!


Here is how you can join me:

1. Go to and click “Member Sign-up” located in the top right corner of the page. (This absolutely works best when done from a computer, NOT a mobile device.)

Select Country, Language and whether you want to become a Retail Customer or Wholesale Member. (Wholesale members can take advantage of a 24% discount on ALL products!)

You will enter this #2934220 in both the “Sponsor ID” and “Enroller ID” field. OR you can just click here:

2. Select your starter kit. With 11 of Young Living’s most popular oils, a Diffuser, Ningxia Red samples and samples of 5 favorite oils, the Premium Starter Kit goes for a GREAT PRICE of $160.

(**This step does not apply to Retail Customers.)

3. (Optional) Add any extra products you want on our Essential Rewards program and receive 10% back in points and a get a free bottle of Spearmint! Depending on how much you spend you may get some extra free products! After you add to your order click save order and then click NEXT! This is a customizable monthly wellness box that you can start or cancel at anytime!

4. Enter your personal information (Name, address, etc.)

5. Enter your email address. Receiving email updates is optional but HIGHLY recommended. Young Living will NEVER spam you and will NEVER sell your email information. But, Young Living offers free and discounted products every month as part of their monthly promos and specials. If you are not signed up to receive emails, you may or may not find out about these awesome deals.

6. Create your Username, Password and PIN. Make sure it is something you can remember. If you would like to do the business, enter your social security information.
(shoot me a text or email with your PIN – this is not a password. This is how customer service verifies your account)

7. Check the box to indicate your agreement to the Terms & Conditions of the Member Agreement and Policies and Procedures

(**This step does not apply to Retail Customers.)

8. Click NEXT and go to payment method and check out! As soon as you sign up you will receive an email from me and I will add you to our amazing community right here on FB!!

Hormone Support – Essential Oil Roller Blend

Monthly Cycle

“Oh my goodness! I’m feeling so emotional / tired / hungry / cranky and I don’t know why!”

Anyone else ever say that and then your monthly friend visits you and suddenly everything makes sense? After a few days of misery, the world seems brighter, and those problems you were having last week disappear?

But do you know why? You would think that after years and years of the same monthly cycle we would have it figured out by now. But I can speak from experience that many of us don’t! We know that we feel different during different weeks of the month, but we simply chalk it up to “hormones” and leave it at that.

However, there is FREEDOM to understanding you cycle, knowing how your body is working, and then understanding how to schedule your life with your cycle so you are working WITH your body and not against it!

We are ALL learning here. This may seem totally overwhelming to you at first, but don’t worry! As we dive further into specific hormones and supporting those hormones, everything will start to make more sense. 🙌🏼

Your Menstrual Cycle is a roughly four week span of time where three key hormones – estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone – rise and fall in a specific pattern. Depending on the level of these hormones, they impact your mood, energy, libido, sleep quality, food cravings, and health. However, since it is a pattern every month we can learn how to support our bodies during each part of the cycle, taking advantage of high energy days and resting on days when our body needs to work.


The first day of your menstrual cycle is the first day of your period. The period usually lasts 3-7 days, and most period pains are the worst during the first few days.

Estrogen is at its lowest during the first day of your period and begins to rise after. This is why after the first achy, fatiguing part of your period, you tend to notice a boost in energy, mood, and productivity. It is important that you allow your body to rest as much as possible until your estrogen has risen.

You tend to be more outgoing as your estrogen rises and become interested in your favorite activities again. The rise in estrogen also causes a slight appetite-suppression making it easier to choose healthy foods and smaller portions.


Day 1 to Ovulation (which is typically around Day 14). Estrogen and Testosterone continue to rise until they peak. You continue to be upbeat, outgoing, chattier, and confident. You will have sharper brain skills and more creativity.

You will also become more romantically inclined as you have an increase in libido. You will have a higher self confidence in your appearance! Others will notice this too, as the rise in estrogen is actually boosting your attractiveness.

Pain also becomes more tolerable, which makes uncomfortable activities, such as a hard workout, easier on your body. Take advantage of this surge in energy by going on a day hike, scheduling your long runs, or cleaning the house from top to bottom. As the testosterone peaks during the later part of the week, you will find yourself more competitive and impulsive. Plan a game night with friends or surprise your significant other with a sexy date! This rise in testosterone makes orgasms more intense and easier to achieve. 😘


This happens around the middle of your cycle, averaging to about day 14. It is said that you are irresistible during your ovulation phase, that people cannot tell you no. This is a great time to try something new, take a job interview, ask for a promotion, etc.

Remember this in your relationships as well. Take this time to deepen friendships, as you will have the energy and desire to invest in others. And also make sure to block out some time in your maxed out schedule to devote to your significant other. You will feel very attracted to one another, and this is the perfect time to bond closer together.

You will also have tons of natural energy. Keep this in mind and choose a healthy diet with low carbs. Your body is needing more protein and healthy fats to support your muscles after a time of high activity.

From after Ovulation to the beginning of your next Menstrual Cycle. This tends to be a very difficult phase for many women. Let’s break it up into two weeks.

Early Luteal Phase – Estrogen plunges, and then rises again. Testosterone drops. Progesterone rises. Even if you don’t know what these hormones mean yet – you can tell there is a lot of movement happening! Some women experience pre-PMS with the influx of hormonal changes, particularly the falling estrogen. This may include irritability, fatigue, and pessimism or a down mood.

You will begin to feel more introverted and more comfortable as a homebody. Fill your day will low energy organizing, cleaning, and cooking. Don’t plan on redecorating or redesigning rooms, as the rise and drop in estrogen may make big decisions cause anxiety and stress on your body, but straighten up the junk drawer or go through your closet. Don’t make big plans with friends, as you will be tempted to cancel them or feel anxious about going out.

Late Luteal Phase – Then Estrogen plunges again. Progesterone also reaches its peak and falls. This causes PMS. You may experience moodiness, sadness, irritability, muscle aches, insomnia, headaches, fatigue and/or a variety of other PMS symptoms.

The low energy and low estrogen causes you to crave high-carb and high-sugar foods. Don’t feel guilt for treating yourself, but have a plan so that you don’t overindulge. You may notice a slight rise in libido, but difficulty “getting in the mood.” Make sure that your partner knows this, so that you can devote more time to intimate activities. This is also the Phase when most women suffer from low confidence and self doubt. Never make big decisions during your Luteal Phase. Take care of your body during this phase. The lack of sleep may lower your Immune System. (Ever been sick AND on your period at the same time? 🙄) Drink plenty of water and eat all those healthy meals you made during your early Luteal Phase.

Feel like you understand the craziness of your Cycle a bit more now? What is one thing you learned? What is one thing you are going to change during your month to work WITH your Cycle?

Embrace your Hot Mess Self

last night I was busy so I didn’t blow-dry my hair after my shower like usual which means crazy, wavy hair today. I tamed it down a bit did my make-up, wore a new shirt today and then said “babe, be honest … does my hair look okay or all wacky?” he said “I did notice it looked a bit wild today” – I appreciated the honesty and went with a ponytail.

Grayson got a sad look on his face and said “Mama, I like your hair long – can you take the hair thing out and leave it down” – I did & smiled.

When Lucas came back to the kitchen, I told him what happened. Grayson then said “Dada, I like Mama’s hair like that. Can you not tell her it looks crazy” then smiled at me like I was the prettiest Mama in the world.

Gah. I love that kid. Embrace your ‘hot mess’ selves, Ladies … to someone YOU ARE the most beautiful woman in the world.

:: I am not crying::

Have You Seen Me? She’s Lost.

How’s this for real life. I, Rachelle, I am a complete mess right now.

It has been one hell of a year. Becoming a Mom of two, working hard on trying to building a business (two actually), working two positions at my day job: full-time, maintaining a home comfortable for my family and so much more… I feel like I have lost direction.

I am spinning. I am exhausted. Throughout all of these changes I have put ME/MYSELF on the back burner most days. I truly feel like I am living in survival mode and failing.

I am not writing this for attention or a ‘poor you’ response. I am not sharing this to make my life feel so much busier than anyone else’s. I share because I know I’m not alone. I share because I need to broaden my network of people that have gone through this phase and made it out. People that are currently going through it and hiding it like I do – every day. I also need my parent friends to know, YOU are not alone. This shit is hard – it is so very hard.

We are all doing the best we can … to get out the door every day on time, sitting in our offices from 9-5 only to rush home in traffic to get the kids. To make dinner that sometimes doesn’t get eaten. To clean our houses that never look that way. To dry all the tears including our own. To not loose our effing binds. To breathe.

I know I am not alone even though it feels like it. This is just a really, really, really tough chapter. I am in survival mode. I take on more than I can do most days because it is in my DNA to try and perfect too much. I don’t say ‘no’ because I fear I will disappoint someone. I know I don’t show up to the parties, the girls nights, the weekends away, the play dates – its not that I don’t want to – its just – that I don’t want to. It’s not you, right now, its me.

If you’re a part of my life … please give me grace, maybe even advice. I am trying the best I can to find balance, which feels more like trying to take a deep breath under water. Don’t worry – I am okay – I am just really exhausted & don’t really know what it is that I need right now to find balance. I love this life that I have been blessed with I just need to find ME again so I can love it a little bit harder.

Put Down the Sports Drinks and Pedialyte. Here is a healthy Alternative.

My family and I recently came down with the stomach flu. Twenty-Four (24) long hours of getting sick + 24 hours of recovery. ROUGH.

Not being able to keep anything, including water down is extremely rough on the body. We needed hydration and healing … in walks electrolytes. Time to put down the sports drinks and pedialyte. Here is a healthy alternative.

Pedialyte and Gatorade are two of my pet peeves. The purpose of both of these drinks is to replenish electrolytes in the body. First off, does everyone know what electrolytes are and why we need them? The word electrolyte has become a term thrown around a lot in marketing but most people are unclear on what they actually are. In the human body, electrolytes include sodium, potassium, calcium, bicarbonate, magnesium, chloride, hydrogen phosphate, and hydrogen carbonate, or in other words they are minerals.

Minerals are very important for good health. Yes pedialyte and gatorade both contain (synthetic) “electrolytes” but they come along with a handful of unnecessary artificial ingredients, sweeteners, and colors – none of which are going to help you or your child recover from an illness, and could even cause other problems.

Unfortunately, pedialyte is the go-to product recommended by pediatricians for children who have a stomach virus or an illness that causes repeated vomiting to replenish lost minerals. The real truth is that it’s possibly the worst option and there are far better choices that can be made easily with ingredients you likely already have at home.

Let’s take a look at what is actually in this product. Here are the ingredients in Pedialyte Strawberry: Water, dextrose, citric acid, potassium citrate, sodium chloride, sodium citrate, natural flavor, sucralose, acesulfame potassium, zinc gluconate, RED 40, BLUE 1

After water you’ll see dextrose, a sweetener that is likely GMO, then you’ll see the minerals, followed by natural flavor…

I have to stop and talk about natural flavor for a moment. Natural flavor seems pretty harmless when you read it but don’t be fooled, it’s not. Natural flavor can be a derivative of anything that was once part of a “natural” ingredient. It’s the food companies way of throwing things in there without having to put them on the label. If you have ANY type of food allergy or sensitivity, avoid natural flavors, because you’ll never know exactly what it contains.

After natural flavors you’ll see sucralose which is Splenda, a toxic artificial sweetener, and lastly you’ll see red 40 and blue 1, artificial colors that have been linked to behavioral problems in children. Yikes. Now you can see why this product bothers me.

All of the minerals in pedialyte and gatorade can be found in foods and there are plenty of ways to get them in without using these artificial products.

Here is my go-to recipe … we use it during sicknesses, after strenuous workouts, long beach days, for hangovers – yeah, I said it … those too!

1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt
1 dropper Mineral Essence💦
1 tsp Agave
2 drops Orange Vitality EO (optional)
1 QT Water
*adapted from Melissa Poepping’s Chemical Free Home Book


Catch Me if You Can, Mama.

Last night as I ran through the nightly routine of cooking dinner, cleaning up, prepping for the next day – I made myself STOP. I made myself slow down and rearrange the steps I made. I forced my brain and body to move with more intention and I stared at my children & got lost for a moment.

I reminded myself that these not so tiny anymore humans that need me so bad, right now, will not be so needy one day and I will need them.  I picked up my toddler, placed him on the counter and asked him to help me.  He cut all the grapes that I had just washed.  He cut them with a smile & pride. Without being asked or encouraged to, fed his little sister as she watched from her highchair.  Looking back at last night – THOSE are the moments. The big moments – the ones that take center-stage in the memory bank.
I am a Mom. I am trying and on most days I feel like I am trying so damn hard to figure it out.  Just like you. Over the past week I made a promise to myself, my family, my kids … to start slowing down and being better. calmer. Filled with more grace & passion and less irritation & hurry.  As a Mom, there are things we go through that play factors on how we feel and act.  Things we don’t always talk about or recognize.
I just crossed the 10-month mark of breastfeeding my second baby.  This is a prideful accomplishment for me but also one that brings a lot of baggage & let me tell you what … it isn’t designer.

Breastfeeding is a wonderful privilege that my body has blessed me with the ability to do.  I was able to breastfeed our son for 16 months. I felt proud, happy, so good & yet, so broken.  

There is a dark side to breastfeeding that a lot of women don’t openly talk about.  The part of the journey that causes emotional ups and downs (way downs).  The sleepless nights because that sweet baby only wants Mama and what she can provide.  The days when you are in tears, ugly, can’t breathe tears because your body senses fear and stress & decides not to produce enough that day.  The feedings that end because you’ve been bit, pinched, hit – yeah, that happens. And then there is the part that hurts the most … the hormones that are so viciously cruel.  They are the mean girl of the world. They come out of nowhere and truly make you feel like a worthless human.  I know that may sound extreme BUT if you are a breastfeeding Mama or even a Husband that has seen your Wife throughout this journey you too know this is real.

Y’all – I have recently cried tears that made me feel like every ounce of air was being sucked from body.  Ask me why – my answer: I don’t know. I just felt broken.

My body was and is still (but better) stressed and overwhelmed and ready to end this journey. We are two months away from One Year which is my goal for my daughter’s breastfeeding journey. Last week I was really stressed about it all – my body felt the fear and reacted.  It reacted by not producing.  As a working out of the home, Mom, I have to pump throughout the day in-order to provide for my daughter at daycare.  I usually pump 4-6oz, per pump session – 3-times a day. Last week my body yielded 1-2oz.  Do you know what this did to me? It wrecked me.  It made me feel like I was failing. Like I was broken.  Like I was doing something wrong. Now, I know this is not fact but in a moment of Mama Panic – I didn’t.  I knew fear and pain and sadness.
I turned to my Husband because HE is my comfort. With tears in my eyes I sent him an email after a stressful morning in the house all because I was emotionally toxic and well, mean.

“I just feel broken babe. I hate how I feel. I think I need to stop breastfeeding or at least get formula this weekend and supplement a bottle or 2 a day.  I feel so stressed out like my body is failing at this and its not a fun feeling. I am starting to hate this relationship (breastfeeding) between getting bit, not pumping enough, etc. I dont have enough milk to give her bottles Monday. I feel broken about it.”

This Man. This amazing, selfless, strong, keeps this ship afloat, man broke me with his response:

“I completely understand babe and i empathize with you. To hear about how many woman cant do it at all is a testament to you as a mother. Imagine the total number of ounces you have fed our kids over these years. How many bottles washed… How many hours spent feeding or pumping… How much money you have saved us. Its super hero status babe!! Thank you for all of it!! I don’t blame you for wanting it to end. And honestly she is so close to being one I can’t imagine it making much difference stopping at 10 months or 12.”

Be still my heart – after reading that my heart calmed and my body felt a sense of safety like no matter what I decided to do – everything was going to okay!
I did buy formula which she didn’t care for.  Over the next few days my body, the one that kicked my ass the week before, decided to return to normal – with me – and started producing 4-7oz a pump session.  Moral of the story.  Take care of your mental health to keep your physical health in-line. That and marry a Man that has the ability to make you feel like you can do anything. p.s. I love you.

Are you a breastfeeding Mom? What do you do to take care of yourself? Both Mentally and Physically?