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Herbal Teas for Beauty and Wellness from Teasane

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Herbal Teas, Beauty and Wellness Products from Teasane

Last month after a Doctor visit for migranes I began having we determined that the sudden drop in estrogen the week I am off the pill and menstruating was the likely cause. I left with a new birth control that is a 3 month cycle. I did my research and was ok switching and in my research I stumbled on a topic I never gave much thought too. Hormones and metabolism!

In learning how my exact hormones are working (or not) and focusing on more of a metabolic exercise and diet plan my chances of success losing some weight and gaining some muscle tone were high. Women are so different from men and we just can’t expect the same results exercising like a man and vice versa. Our individual bodies may be lacking too less of one nutrient and the weight may only respond when metabolically balanced. Hormones are a huge factor in weight loss. This changes my entire daily calendar of how I eat and workout. I wake up to a cup of herbal LOSE tea from the Teasane kit and a high protein breakfast to follow some time after. The best part, I only do 3 15-20 minute HIIT workouts a week.

lose leaf tea

I couldn’t have discovered the Teasane brand at a more perfect time. From beauty and wellness products, the infused or blended natural, herbal teas have so many benefits.

tea for weight loss

The LOSE tea kit is an herbal blend for weight loss support. I eat breakfast with my coworkers later in the morning so I wake up and have a cup of the tea to tide me over and it does work to keep me going until I eat my first meal of the day. It tastes great and I don’t think it needs a sweetener, but I do add Manuka Honey to mine for those benefits too. I just started this 28 day Teasane LOSE kit so I will give some social shout outs with results so keep checking into my channels if you follow.

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If supplements and teas are not right for you, perhaps their Total Beauty line will help you out with skin health. The Facial Tea hydrates, nourishes and renews tired and aging skin. 4 main ingredients make up the cream. Calendula is a natural antiseptic and aids in healing rashes, mild skin irritations. Evening Primrose Oil will help your clogged pores. Rosemary is loaded with antioxidants for those dark spots and Chamomile is an essential oil for your complexion. All of this in 1 jar. Visit Teasane for more.

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Shower Your Pets with Love with All-Natural Dog Treats

I have partnered with Whimzees and Old Mother Hubbard for feature. Opinions are my own.

Shower Your Pets with Love with All-Natural Dog Treats

No doubt if your home becomes filled with Valentine’s cards and candy the kids bring home from class and spouse gifts of chocolates the dog will be sniffing for their own treat. Of course they can’t have those chocolates but having a fun treat on hand is helps them feel loved too. Old Mother Hubbard and Whimzees have all-natural dog treats your dog can safely have for Valentine’s Day or any day of the year.

Bits of Love

For a few holidays a year, Old Mother Hubbard puts their P-Nuttier treats into shapes such as hearts for Valentine’s. All natural ingredients of oven baked peanut butter and molasses snacks are a hit with our dog!

heart dog treats

It’s as if you can actually see the wholesome in these snacks. They add apple, oats, peanuts and carrots for a dog treat you will feel good giving your family pet. Find all the treats offered by visiting Old Mother Hubbard including where you can find these near you.

Dog treats holiday

Whimzees are chews and dental chews that are also made with natural ingredients you can feel good handing your dog. They are gluten free and vegetarian with a vegetable-based texture.

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The shape of the Hedgehog chew, a popular product from Whimzees, makes it a great texture for removing plaque and tartar as your dog chews.

HEDGEHOG dog treat

They must have a great flavor because Maya wanted these before I even tore open the package. It’s funny how a dog just knows a package in your hand is meant for them. She was standing and dancing to earn her Hedgehog.

all natural dog treats

See all of the fun dental chews at Whimzees as well as where you can find near you.

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3 Benefits of Consuming Manuka Honey

I have partnered with Comvita for this feature

3 Benefits of Consuming Manuka Honey

Maybe you have heard of manuka honey. If not, it is gaining attention in the medical world for its abundance of therapeutic effects from certain bacteria ailments to skin and immunity improvements.

Following the success of Comvita internationally, it’s great timing to introduce our certified UMF® Manuka Honey to millions of health-conscious Costco members across North America,” said Vice President of Comvita North America, Corey Blick. “Through responsible beekeeping and setting the bar for Manuka in the industry from a quality perspective, Comvita has earned the highest level of trust with retailers and consumers.

Honey that helps

The Manuka plant of New Zealand is climate-sensitive and only flowers two to six weeks per year, making the honey a scarce resource. Comvita is a leader in offering certified UMF® Manuka Honey. They own and operate the world’s largest fresh-picked Olive Leaf farm and produces other purest source health and wellness products. 

So, why manuka honey? What are the benefits? There are many, but I picked 3 to highlight for you below.

Manuka Honey is known to relieve Gastritis

The bacteria found most commonly in the high acid stomach regions is called Helicobacter pylori. If you have ever suffered through acid reflux you know how miserable it is. According to a report published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, manuka honey had been found to be potent against 7 different Helicobacter pylori strains, but a similar effect was not observed with other types of honey. Using a Manuka honey with a UMF 10+ or higher seems best. The higher the UMF, the higher it is in its therapeutic effects.

Manuka Honey is great for our Immune System

According to a 2016 print in Natural Living Ideas, lab tests have shown that it contains certain substances that can stimulate cytokine production. Cytokines are signaling proteins involved in immune reactions by the body. They kickstart the defense mechanisms of the body and gets it to fight off pathogens and diseases. Increased cytokine production is behind manuka honey’s protective action against potential infections and diseases.

Manuka Honey is fantastic for those with Chronic Sinusitis

With sinus infections you have bacteria thriving in moist, warm chambers of the sinus cavity. These bacteria will form a biofilm making it hard for antibiotics to break through and take care of the infection. Manuka honey has the ability, especially when consuming manuka honey at least UMF 15+ or higher to act against the common sinusitis bacteria for great relief overall.

Manuka Honey Brand

Which manuka honey is right for you?

Comvita offers UMF 5+, 10+, 15+ and 20+ manuka honey varieties. Which one is right for you? UMF 5+ has natural honey benefits. It is the most similar to benefits in any pure honey from a trusted source and natural plant. As you get higher in the UMF, you get the best natural benefits offered from its healing and antimicrobial properties. If you are healthy and not in immediate need of a wide range of healing you can still benefit from UMF 5+ and 10+ just fine and feel good about your honey source and have it to rely on when minor ailments arise like colds and such. If you suffer from ailments like chronic acid reflux, chronic sinusitis, eczema and other such conditions that manuka honey can help bring you relief you would want manuka honey that is 15+ or higher.

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Find Comvita on Amazon and in Costco stores. Remember, manuka honey is a scarce source and is therapeutic . The price reflects this. You are essentially buying a natural healing product more so than a coffee or tea sweetener.

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Natural Skincare That Really Lasts

I have partnered with Earth’s Organics in sponsorship for this feature

Natural Skincare That Really Lasts

What do you do when you need a product that moisturizes and actually works all day on your skin? You would research and try new products. What happens when your infant child is diagnosed with eczema? You look for natural products, safe for him, that work and last! Are those easy to find? Some work but not all day. Some may last but the ingredients don’t soothe eczema skin. This was the dilemma that the creator of Earth’s Organics was in herself. Why are these products not lasting? She researched, asked around and now has a shop for you with the products she knows will nourish your skin all day and for all skin types, including eczema sufferers.

Lavender soap

At Earth’s Organics you can find soaps, lotions, facial scrubs, body scrubs and foot scrubs. Soap is in contact with about every part of our body and several times a week. Earth’s Organics soaps come in 4 varieties that all contain oils known to nourish our skin naturally and soothe as well. They even have the men covered with the Cedarwood, Amyris, and Vetiver Soap which is woodsy yet sweet scented leaving you with ultimate hydration and smooth skin. Even the Frankincense and Myrrh Soap has a pleasant scent. This soap is also woodsy but with more of a spice scent and will leave your skin toned and nourished.

The other 2 soaps with a more feminine scent are the Lavender, Chamomile, and Rose Soap which is purple in color and leaves you with a refreshed feeling. The Tea Tree, Peppermint, and French Pink Clay Soap smells fantastic and is light and antimicrobial.

Organic soap

If you love scrubs, there are a few to choose that have you covered from face to toes. Like the soaps, these are infused with essential oils and familiar scents. From green tea, brown sugar and coffee to coconut, lemon, and peppermint these scrubs will exfoliate, nourish and leave you with soft skin all day. Just go peek at the ingredients, how could they not leave your skin nourished?

If you are shopping for someone who loves skin products or when you decide you deserve to buy yourself something special, Earth’s Organics make great gifts that will actually get used! Visit Earth’s Organics to see all of the benefits from each product they offer. The prices are great too!


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Holiday Gift Ideas for Baby

I partnered with BabyTime for this feature and product was sent

Summer Bug

Anthony is 9 years old but it doesn’t feel like long ago when he was an infant and toddler and I was the one naming gift ideas for him when loved ones and friends asked at birthdays and holidays. He always had plenty of toys and managed to play with few of them, opting for empty boxes and whatever he could reach off a coffee table instead. Holiday gift ideas for baby was always items I would need and now wouldn’t have to go buy with my funds like clothing, feeding and bath supplies. Those were the best gifts!

I also remember inspecting every product given to us for our son. It is scary to think about some of the chemicals they use in products even for baby and children. I have always avoided certain ingredients even still today with Anthony. Brands like BabyTime get this so they offer products without harsh chemicals.

Baby Products

A baby goes through washings often and even at age 9, showers happen everyday. Having bubble baths, shampoos, body wash and lotions with natural ingredients make the best gifts. Maybe I’m odd but I love being gifted these supplies and with ingredients I will use that meant one less trip to the store for essentials I use everyday. If you have to shop for a family with children from infant to teen, BabyTime is a safe choice!

BabyTime products are safe for baby and the environment. Even some hospitals use their products with their organic ingredients. With added probiotics they really do nourish the skin. They are safe and effective-not one or the other.


Holiday Gift Ideas for Baby at BabyTime

  • Cheeky Salve (great for chapped lips also I have found)
  • Peaceful Bubbles
  • Snuggly Lotion
  • Soothing Cream
  • Nurturing Balm
  • Mighty Shield Lotion (bug repellant)
  • Silky Powder
  • Massage Serum
  • Sunny Sunscreen
  • Active Repair

Visit BabyTime to learn more.

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SoCal Curls for Curly Hair in Under an Hour

I have partnered with SoCal Curls for this feature. They sent me product.

SoCal Curls for Curly Hair in Under an Hour

SoCal Curls for Curly Hair in Under an Hour

How is this possible? It requires one SoCal Curls wrap and a microwave. That’s it. Now let me share my experience and tips for the best results that I found. In this post my sister offered to try this first. She has much thicker hair than I do and it shows the steps and her results. I had to add a step for two for my super fine hair.

heating curls

How to use SoCal Curls

Step 1 is choosing the tie of choice. For very thick hair you can use 2 ties at once. Don’t worry. They are very comfortable. I have the Retro Red.

Step 2 is heating the tie(s) in the microwave for 30 seconds

Step 3 is wrapping hair strands around the head wrap. You can see our photos for a visual and I highly recommend watching their YouTube video for instructions.

curling hair

learning to curl

Step 4 is waiting 30 minutes (or longer such as overnight for even better curl if you have long hair)

Step 5 is pulling out the wrap-it’s super smooth and if you are like me you fully finish with a sea salt spray for curls.

Benefits to SopCal Curls

No heat! That is the best benefit of all. Your hair keeps it’s health and as a wrap there is no breakage of your hair either. It is so quick and you can wrap and forget about it.


My fine hair tips

With my very fine hair I first used the wrap with large sections of hair. So when I did not get the results I wanted despite how pretty my sisters hair turned out. I contacted them. They advised I use smaller sections and use a curl spray before I wrap. I followed their advise and decided to keep my hair wrapped longer -overnight.

I would forget I had it on my head! It is so lightweight even with hair wrapped. I love my retro red design so it is really fun to wear. The results? I got the bouncy curls just s my sis did!

Visit SoCalCurls for more. Makes a great gift too.